Interior work moving along at The Island Store
The interior setup of The Island Store is starting to come together as the renovations continue.
Calli Johnson, whose family owns Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel and operates the Captiva shop, reported on Aug. 6 that the interior plumbing, electrical and such wrapped up over the last month.
“Since July 1, the final rough-ins were finished and the walls have gone up,” she said.
“It has been smooth sailing recently,” Johnson added.
She pointed out a unique material used for the ceiling.
“We are excited about the cypress ceiling because of the traditional use of that in historic buildings in the area,” Johnson said. “We are quite pleased with the look of the materials installed and think it honors the heritage of the building.”
She explained that the next steps for the project will focus on the flooring, then the installation of coolers and shelving, along with the final dcor. Afterward, they can begin to order products.
“After we finish inside, then we will finish with exterior landscaping and a paver parking lot,” Johnson added.
With coordinated help from RLR Investments – the building’s owner – and the Lee County Historic Preservation Board, 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 RLR Investments. The shop reopened for a period before closing for the renovations.
Toward the start of the project, there were some unexpected structural issues.
“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,” Johnson reported earlier in January. “With the plans in place, the contractors are back at work and diligently following the engineer’s expert specifications.”
At two Captiva Community Panel meetings last year – in January and June – Bailey’s held community presentations. They explained that the project would entail renovating the shop’s interior and exterior, while maintaining Captiva’s architectural standards for historic buildings like it.
Registered as a historic site and building, it once served as a boarding school.
At the CCP meetings, Bailey’s also explained that the planned project would retain the building’s “look,” but use modern materials so it is built to last longer. The store’s footprint will stay the same.
With the renovations moving along, a reopening date is still anticipated for later this year.
“We are nearing completion and look forward to reopening this fall,” she said.
During the project, Bailey’s has been offering island-wide delivery from its Sanibel store.
“After going through COVID-19 with our delivery service, things are running smoothly and we are delivering to Captiva several times daily,” Johnson said. “That service will continue to operate through Bailey’s since we have minimal capacity to handle delivery service at The Island Store.”
Bailey’s has thanked the community for its patience throughout the project.
“We look forward to welcoming the community back to The Island Store soon,” she said.
For more information about the delivery service, call 239-472-1516.
The Island Store is at 1500 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva.