By Jane Bartnett
Attention Publix shoppers!
The Publix grocery store in The Landings Shopping Center, 4840 S. Tamiami Tr., closed its doors Nov. 13 in order to undergo a large renovation that is expected to take the better part of a year, or more.
“We’re hopeful for fourth quarter of 2022 or first quarter of 2023,” Brian West, Publix public affairs and community relations manager, said of a potential re-opening date.
The current 63,000-square-foot grocery emporium is an anchor for the upscale shopping center, owned by Benderson Development, and it will undergo a dramatic transformation.
When completed, the store itself will be smaller, at 48,000 square feet, will reflect the design of new Publix stores.
A Publix liquor store will open next door, and a pharmacy will also be included in the new design.
The Publix Landings store went through its last renovation in 2012 at a reported cost of $1.5 million.
When Publix opened there in 2009, the shopping center was experiencing a challenging business climate as it tried to recover from the 2008 real estate crisis. The Publix store at The Landings has always been owned by the grocery chain and retains ownership of this property.
In 2017, Benderson Development purchased the shopping center (built in 1988) with goal to make it a luxury shopping destination. Within a short period of time, Benderson brought in many new stores and restaurants that took the place of tenants that had left behind vacant spaces.
Now an upscale shopping and dining destination location with top national brands, in recent months a number of new stores and restaurants have become neighbors to Publix, including the large EOS Fitness Center, Lily Cafe, and Tripletail Seafood & Spirits.
Julie Fanning, director of marketing for Benderson, said nearly 20 new tenants have been added in four years.