provided to Santiva Chronicle/SC photos by Alison Waldbart
Exterior and interior renovations of The Island Store on Captiva have resumed after contractors found significant deterioration of the building’s structural components during demolition. A timeline on completions remains unknown.
Structural engineers were called in to assess the damage and draft plans to ensure the structural integrity of the building. Contractors are back at work and diligently following the engineer’s expert specifications. The Island Store’s owner RLR Investments and its operator Bailey’s General Store are working to reopen the business as quick as possible.
“We understand this leaves a significant gap in the amenity offerings on Captiva,” Bailey’s said in a statement. However, Bailey’s is prepared to serve islanders and visitors from its general store on Sanibel, which also provides delivery services everywhere on Captiva.
RLR and Bailey’s “would like to thank the community for their patience during this project,” they said in a statement. “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.”