Redevelopment could fill old Sticks ‘N Stuff

You may have recently noticed racks of merchandise for a consignment sale, and after that you may see a Halloween store. The old Sticks ‘N Stuff building at 2305 NW 13th St. held a few temporary tenants in recent years, but redevelopment projects could create momentum that might bring a permanent tenant, according to Nick Banks, Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group’s managing director.

With the old Walmart location being renovated for a Burlington Coat Factory and Ross Dress for Less, and Verde Plaza getting a Lucky’s Market organic grocery store in its long-vacant anchor space, redevelopment is finally creating some much-needed momentum to help transform the Northwest 13th Street sub-market, Banks said. “We've had a decent amount of interest from users and developers, so we hope to announce something more permanent in the near future,” Banks said. “It’s such a good location with proximity to the University of Florida, downtown and housing... this area is primed for further growth and development.” Click here to see this listing. 


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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