Publix To West Atlantic May Still Be Option

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Staff report

Publix may still be interested in opening in The Set.

But plans to add the grocer to West Atlantic Ave. may take longer than initially anticipated.

After pulling out of a proposed deal to build a new Publix in November, the grocer sent a follow-up letter saying it is still interested in the location, but needs more time.

The new proposal states the store would not begin construction before Dec. 31, 2022.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board agreed to allow the agency staff to explore the new proposal as well as any others. Lucky’s Market has expressed possible interest in the site.

“I am still excited,” resident Chuck Ridley said. “I am doubly excited because opportunities have expanded. What hasn’t changed is the need for a full service grocery store. That hasn’t changed.”

The Set residents have asked for a grocery store in the area for decades. What grocer will be determined by the agency at a later meeting.