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Grocer Rises To The Occasion


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The Treasure Island Publix will feature ground-floor parking and the store on the second floor.
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By JEROME R. STOCKFISCH

The Tampa Tribune

Published: May 16, 2008

TREASURE ISLAND - The problem: providing a full-service supermarket on a postage-stamp lot.

The solution, at least for Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets: an unorthodox store design rising in the Gulf beach community of Treasure Island, where the company aims to serve the shorts-and-flip-flops crowd that would most likely have to drive off the barrier island to pick up groceries.

To meet flood codes and to take advantage of the snug 2-acre footprint on the Intracoastal Waterway, the store will sit on the second floor of a 40-foot-tall structure, above a covered, street-level parking garage. A large staircase and four oversized elevators will guide shoppers into the store.

At 28,000 square feet, it's just over half the size of the typical Publix supermarket. That doesn't mean less grocery variety, though, said spokeswoman Shannon Patten.

"We will have every single product that a 45,000 square-foot store would have. For the most part, our customers love the 28,000 square-foot stores, because it's everything you could need, but it's just packed into a smaller area."

There are some concessions. For example, the store will have fresh flowers, but not a full-service floral department. It also will not have a pharmacy.

The interior will resemble those of smaller stores that Publix has built in downtown St. Petersburg and downtown Tampa, although those stores are not elevated. A similar elevated structure has been built in the South Florida beach town of Surfside.

An industry observer says to expect more.

"I definitely think it's a trend," said Christina Veiders, managing editor of trade publication Supermarket News. "Especially where you have either limited or expensive real estate. They have to kind of refigure the store design to go by those specifications."

She said supermarkets are turning to unusual sites such as the retail sections of high-rise condo or apartment buildings in Chicago, Toronto and Manhattan.

"Publix is an upscale operator, and you must have an upscale market there" in Treasure Island, she said. "They can tap into that and help grow market share in an area they haven't been able to before."

Publix wouldn't divulge the price of the land or construction costs. The parcel previously held a standard Topps supermarket and the Treasure Island Fun Center arcade.

A Subway sandwich shop will take over one of two retail outlets built into the store. The second is not yet leased.

Patten said Publix is in the permitting process to be able to build boat docks on the Intracoastal, and she envisions outdoor tables for deli customers to enjoy their meal along with the sea view across Gulf Boulevard.

"It's going to blend in really nice with the beach community," she said. "We'll take advantage of the environment there and cater to the residents as well as the visitors."

Reporter Jerome R. Stockfisch can be reached at (813) 259-8402 or [email protected].

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/may/16/bz-grocer-rises-to-the-occasion/
 

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^OK, so two sides of it look like total ass, but the front is pretty spiffy... Problem is, that means that coming at the store form the south, it looks horrible. If you're on the beach, it looks bad. If you come at it from the north, it's so, so. It looks ok on that side, but will be busy with cars making it sketchy for peds, and there's a horrible slab of a condo going in next door, so the view from the street in this direction looks terrible anyways. So, basically if you're standing across the street from it, muy bueno. Otherwise, meh. But that's the challenge, isn't it? Building more sensibly like this, but having it look reasonably good.


Btw it must be like the Platt St Publix inside... Little, but serviceable.
 

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A Subway sandwich shop will take over one of two retail outlets built into the store. The second is not yet leased.

Patten said Publix is in the permitting process to be able to build boat docks on the Intracoastal, and she envisions outdoor tables for deli customers to enjoy their meal along with the sea view across Gulf Boulevard.

"It's going to blend in really nice with the beach community," she said. "We'll take advantage of the environment there and cater to the residents as well as the visitors."

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/may/16/bz-grocer-rises-to-the-occasion/
That would be huge for my bi-weekly boat trips if I could simply pull up, get a quick bite to eat, along with any boat supplies I need, and go. :yes:
 

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I think it faces west-ish, so the left view (the north) is ok, the right (south) will back up to the condo so it doesn't matter really, and the rear will face the intercostal (oh well) - definitely better than what was there before. (Better than what they stupid buildings on most of the corners of Swann and Howard - which is supposed to be so nice)
 

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i go to treasure island about every week with friends and where we park is across from this publix (ish). it seems like it'll be really nice, and in a nice location to boot.

i'm sure i'll be using it when it opens.. heh.
 
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