SC photo by Shannen Hayes
Construction at the historic Island Store on Captiva is progressing with the completion of the exterior and rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC, as well as some of the carpentry work. The next steps are floors, walls, ceiling, interior paint, shelving, coolers, product, décor and electronics. Bailey’s General Store, the store’s operator, is planning to welcome back shoppers early this fall.
The project was held up last year when contractors found significant deterioration of the building’s structural components. Construction resumed in January, after structural engineers drafted plans to ensure the building’s integrity. The Island Store was built in the early 1900s, when Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and environmentalist Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling opened it as a general store.