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Opening of Treasure Island Publix delayed to August
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TREASURE ISLAND – Construction delays have pushed back the opening date for a 28,000-square-foot Publix supermarket in Treasure Island by about five months, company officials said.

A Publix spokeswoman said the store is expected to open in August. The original target date had been March 2008.

The store will be one of the company’s smaller stores, with parking spaces provided underneath it because of the limited space on site. The store will have about 130 employees, said Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten.

The store, to be located at 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, will have 125 parking spaces. Either Publix or one of the adjacent retailers may provide an outside dining area, she said.

The store is located on property that used to be the site of the Topps grocery store, which closed May 1, 2006. An amusement center, which also was on the property, was relocated to Seminole. Publix bought the property for $4.4 million.

Plans also call for Publix to open a 45,000-square-foot grocery store at the corner of 66th Avenue and 18th Street in St. Petersburg at the end of 2008 or the beginning of 2009, Patten said.

The chain, based in Lakeland, has 922 supermarkets in the United States, including 663 in Florida. The company’s retail sales for 2006 have been estimated at $21 billion. The chain has more than 146,000 employees.

Founded by the late George W. Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, Publix is the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. Its headquarters is in Lakeland.
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