To go green, South Tampa residents don't have to go far.
The area is home to grocers that focus on natural or organic foods, including Whaley's Market, the Village Health Market and Nature's Harvest Market. Starting this fall, Publix hopes to get a piece of that action.
Tampa Bay's first Publix GreenWise Market is under construction in SoHo on West Azeele Street, between Armenia and Moody avenues, next to the Dubliner Irish Pub. It's scheduled to open in late October or early November, said spokeswoman Shannon Patten.
The store, which emphasizes earth-friendly and all-natural products, will be the company's third GreenWise Market. The other two are in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton.
The 39,000-square-foot market will have its own second-story parking garage and will feature a large selection of prepared foods, including gluten-free breads, a soup bar and black bean burgers fresh from the grill. A cafe will offer coffees, teas and desserts, plus a seating area with free WiFi.
In the wine department look for an on-site expert to field questions about the specialty vinos, champagnes and wines made from organic grapes. Also planned is a body-care section with natural and conventional shampoos.
Of course, driving to another supermarket to stock up on not-so-green staples would increase your carbon footprint, so the store will carry conventional products like Coca-Cola and Huggies.