Q: I was wondering what happened to the post office inside the Sunshine Pharmacy on Rattlesnake Hammock Road. It was always busy. There is a sign sending people elsewhere, including a similar location on Davis Boulevard. No one there seems to know anything. Will it reopen, and if so, when? It was so convenient from Lely Resort. Thanks for your help.
— Dan Brunell, Naples
A: That East Naples contract postal unit is closed while it undergoes a federal audit.
“We are conducting an audit, which is a standard procedure that we conduct on our contract postal units. That’s why the unit is closed,” said Enola Rice, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman based in Tampa. “We don’t have a date yet when it may reopen.”
The closing of the postal unit location earlier this summer at 5482 Rattlesnake Hammock Road is a procedure that can be common for the Postal Service’s 32,000 post offices or 100,000 postal partners, depending on what audit procedures are being done, Rice said, saying she could not elaborate on specifics of the local audit.
Sunshine Pharmacy, headquartered at that East Naples location, did not return telephone calls seeking an explanation about the closing.
The pharmacy also operates postal units at 6350 Davis Blvd. in East Naples, and in downtown Naples at 421 Ninth St. N. Those locations remain open.
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Q: At last the signs promising a Japanese steakhouse in Gateway Shoppes (northwest of Wiggins Pass Road/U.S 41 intersection), although faded with age, seem to be borne out. What, pray tell, are the new shops/restaurants going in there? Thanks for your time.
—Tom, North Naples
A: In early March, I noted that signs were up announcing that Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge was coming soon to unfinished units adjacent to Scottrade near the Gateway Shoppes’ Wiggins Pass Road entrance.
The location and cuisine stays the same, but the name of the restaurant has changed, according to a spokesman for Benderson Development, developer of the Gateway Shoppes at North Bay. The new North Naples restaurant will be Maguro Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi.
The developer had work to complete first on those units and just handed them over to the restaurants folks, so expect at least three months before the new restaurant can open, Benderson estimates.
Benderson does not have additional news to announce for that shopping center’s vacancies. The more than 20,000-square-foot former Circuit City store remains vacant, as do other spaces, including a choice endcap, a more than 6,200-square-foot spot retail space, according to Benderson.
Bags on the beach
Q: If dogs are not allowed on Naples beaches, why are there “poop” bags by the Fifth Avenue South entrance?
— Cynde, Naples
A: Those bags are not intended for dog waste, but rather are for cigarettes, to keep butts off the beach, said Naples Mayor Bill Barnett and the city’s parks director.
“The purpose for the little bags near beach ends are for cigarette butts,” said Joe Boscaglia, city of Naples Parks and Parkways superintendent.
The city replenishes the bag stations up and down the beaches and parks, Boscaglia said.
Barnett, who has futilely tried for years to enact a smoking ban on city beaches, hopes smokers put cigarette butts in a bag and dispose of them properly rather than leave them in the sand.
Trader Joe's surprise
After telling me just a couple of months ago that Naples was not on their two-year plan for expansion, Trader Joe's announced today that it is opening its first Florida store in North Naples this year.
The popular grocery chain will open a new store in the former location of Borders bookstore in the Granada Shoppes. Borders closed this spring after operating there for eight years.
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