ST. PETERSBURG — Shoppers in the Tyrone area will soon have a snazzy new Publix.
The Publix in the Market Place Shopping Center, at 7044 22nd Ave. N, is slated to close in mid June. The replacement store is in the new Shoppes at Royale shopping center, at 1600 66th St. N, designed to house a Publix.
That's unlike what's happening in much of the rest of the county, where Publix is busily transforming closed Albertsons to Publixes. Those transformations began last year after Publix bought 49 Albertsons stores.
Since then, the company has gradually moved to consolidate its new holdings. In some cases, as on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg, Publix has kept both its own store and transformed a former Albertsons. The result is two Publixes virtually across the street from each other.
In other cases, as in Seminole and Pinellas Park, some Publixes will close and the store will move to the site of a transformed Albertsons.
But it's unclear in Seminole and Pinellas Park when that might happen.
Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten said there is no time frame for the renovation of either the Seminole or Pinellas Park Albertsons.
Once construction begins, renovations take nine months, Patten said. In the case of the store at 7880 113th St. N, near the Seminole Mall, preliminary meetings have been held, but "it's all very new still." The only guarantees, she said, are that the Seminole Mall store will be replaced, and the grocery chain has no intention of leaving the Seminole area without a Publix for even one minute.
Typically, she said, when one store closes and another opens, the transition is seamless. That's what will happen with the Seminole store when the time comes. The mall store will operate as usual and close on time. The next morning, the new store will open as if it had always been the only Publix in town.
That's also what will happen, likely next year, in Pinellas Park when the Publix in the Park Plaza Center, at 7580 49th St. N, closes and the operation moves across to the former Albertsons at 4701 Park Blvd.
Anne Lindberg can be reached at (727) 893-8450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.