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Officials provide Island Store construction update

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

TIFFANY REPECKI Construction has resumed at the Island Store, now operated by Bailey's General Store.

Renovations at The Island Store have resumed, with an undetermined completion date, after issues with the building’s structural components were discovered by the contractors when they started the project.

On Jan. 15, operator Bailey’s General Store provided an update.

With coordinated help from the Lee County Historic Preservation Board and RLR Investments – the building’s owner – Bailey’s has been working to rebuild and renovate the exterior and interior of the store. At the end of 2018, Bailey’s bought the rights to the business from its former operator and signed a new lease with the building’s owner. The store reopened for a period before closing for renovations.

“The much anticipated exterior and interior renovations of The Island Store have resumed,” Calli Johnson, whose family owns Bailey’s, reported. “After the contractors found significant deterioration of the building’s structural components during demolition, structural engineers were called in to assess the damage and draft plans to ensure the structural integrity of the building. With the plans in place, the contractors are back at work and diligently following the engineer’s expert specifications.”

“Unfortunately, due to the significant structural issues, a timeline on completion is impossible to predict,” she added.

At two Captiva Community Panel meetings last year – in January and June – Bailey’s held presentations for the group. They explained that the project would entail renovating the store’s interior and exterior, while maintaining Captiva’s architectural standards for historic buildings like it.

“Rest assured, upon completion, the store will reopen as the same, quaint island store that shoppers have come to know, love and count on, year after year,” Johnson reported.

Registered as a historic site and building, it once served as a boarding school, as well.

At the CCP meetings, Bailey’s also explained that the planned project would retain the building’s “look,” but use modern materials built to last longer. The store’s footprint will stay the same.

Johnson noted that all involved are working to reopen the business as quickly as possible.

“Bailey’s understands this leaves a significant gap in the amenity offerings on Captiva,” she reported. “Fortunately, they are prepared to serve you from Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel.”

Johnson explained that the Sanibel store provides delivery services throughout Captiva.

“And can even stock your home or rental before you arrive,” she added.

Bailey’s and RLR Investments thanked the public for its patience during the project.

The Island Store is at 1500 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva.