TREASURE ISLAND — Tentatively set to open next month, a new Publix Super Market is expected to be this beach community's newest jewel.
Unlike most grocery stores, this market will have two levels, but will have only 28,000 square feet — the smallest model used for Publix supermarkets. It is scheduled to open Aug. 28, according to company officials.
Shannon Patten, Publix spokeswoman, said the store will have a 125-space parking garage as its ground floor, which means a shopper's experience will begin and end by using any of the four elevators that reach the second-floor store. Pedestrians will be able to enter the store on the shopping level.
"We're excited about that store," Patten said. "It's so different. It's unique for us. We're going to have many of the same products our larger stores have, but it's packed into a smaller store."
Patten said real estate constraints at the site resulted in the store's vertical design.
She said the store will carry several beach products because of its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent waterways, and there are plans to have a dock at the store for customers arriving by boat.
City Manager Reid Silverboard said the push to get a Publix began after the Topps Grocery left Treasure Island.
He said he hopes the Publix will be a boost to the city's downtown area and will keep Treasure Island residents from having to drive to stores in the nearby beach towns of St. Pete Beach or Madeira Beach.
"The community is definitely looking forward to it," Silverboard said. "It's going to be a gas saver and it'll be a great convenience for the community."
The store, at 111 104th Ave., will not have a pharmacy. It will sell live flowers, but from a smaller floral department than in most Publix stores.
The store will have sushi, a full service meat case and seafood, said Patten. She also confirmed that there will be a Subway restaurant at the location.
Patten said the new Publix will not include an organic food section, but those foods will be placed throughout the store on special shelves in each aisle.
She added that the first 100 customers at the grand opening will receive a gift from Publix.
Eddie R. Cole can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8779.