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PUBLIX APPLIES TO BUILD LARGER STORE

Publix shoppers may soon find themselves navigating a larger store.

According to officials with the city of Tampa's Land Development Coordination department, Publix officials want to tear down the existing building and build a larger one in its place.

Publix representatives have applied for permission to add to the 46,791-square-foot space at 16041 Tampa Palms Blvd. W by taking over what was once a neighboring coffee shop and hair salon. That would make the grocery store 54,817 square feet, said Abbye Feeley, planning and development coordinator for the city of Tampa.

Feeley said Publix approached her department in early August and had some tree and landscaping issues that needed to be addressed. Also, the city wanted to ensure that adjacent wetlands would not be affected.

The application is being reviewed, Feeley said. She did not know when a decision would be made.

Dong-Phuong Nguyen can be reached at (813)909-4613 or nguyen@sptimes.com.

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