Old Albertsons transforms into shiny, new Publix
A bright new Publix opened Thursday in a renovated Albertsons. The opening of the new Publix at Park Boulevard and 49th Street N signaled the closing of the Publix across the street in the Park Plaza Shopping Center. The renovation costs, estimated at $2.5 million, transformed the 59,854-square-foot building into a spiffy new grocery along with a pharmacy and liquor store. The work was part of a 2008 deal in which Publix bought 49 Albertsons in Central and North Florida. That deal, estimated at $500 million, included 17 in the Tampa Bay area. Some were easily transformed, but others, like the Pinellas Park store, took more time. It is the second transformed Publix to open recently in the area. The other, on 113th Street N in Seminole, opened just before the holidays.
Workshops offer free business training
The St. Petersburg Business Assistance Center presents three workshops this week as part of its free business training and counseling to emerging and existing enterprises.
• Effective Use of the Computer in Small Business, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
• Basics of Bonding, Part 1, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
• QuickBooks Basics, Part 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Sessions are held at the BAC, 440 Second Ave. N. For information, call (727) 893-7146 or visit stpete.org/bac.
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