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Publix turns in site plans for store

It is unclear what effect the 54,500-square-foot site would have on a smaller store, built in 1962, at Park Boulevard and 49th Street.

By ANNE LINDBERG

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001


PINELLAS PARK -- Early last week, Publix notified city officials of its desire to put a supermarket next to the Lowe's home improvement center under construction on the site of the Mustang Flea Market. Late last week, Publix clarified its intentions and submitted a site plan.

It's unclear when the City Council will consider the request. Zoning director Tom Shevlin said the item has not yet been scheduled for a meeting.

The site plan shows the supermarket will be on the west side of the property at 7301 Park Blvd., adjacent to the retention pond in the northwest corner of the 30.57 acres. Lowe's is in the northeast corner.

Publix plans a 54,500-square-foot store with a drive-through pharmacy on the 74th Street N side of the building.

It's unclear whether this new supermarket will have any effect on the Publix at Park Boulevard and 49th Street -- a significantly smaller store, 34,000 square feet, that was built in 1962. Lee Brunson, spokesman for the Lakeland-based chain, said that "until we have signed leases, we treat them (applications) as rumors."

Publix and Lowe's are part of a building renaissance in that area of Pinellas Park. A CVS pharmacy also is scheduled on the northwest corner of Park and Belcher, where an Amoco gas station is.

Publix, founded by George W. Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, is the sixth-largest supermarket chain in the United States, with retail sales of $14.6-billion in 2000. Jenkins named his stores after a chain of movie theaters.

Publix has more than 123,500 employees in 649 supermarkets across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

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