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Some Tampa Bay Publix stores reopen earlier than expected after Ian

Many locations across Pinellas County have reopened, according to the Florida grocer’s tracker, but a handful of stores in Tampa remain closed.
A fallen tree lies in the parking lot of a Publix on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
A fallen tree lies in the parking lot of a Publix on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
Published Sep. 29|Updated Sep. 30

Publix Super Markets is reopening some stores around Tampa Bay early, spokesperson Hannah Herring said in a statement.

The Lakeland-based grocer is beginning to open stores around Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Lake, Hernando, Manatee and Osceola Counties on Thursday, the statement said. Publix closed early on Tuesday in 11 counties ahead of the catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane Ian. At the time, the chain was planning to reopen on Friday morning. The Tampa Bay area missed the brunt of the storm as Ian made a direct hit around Fort Myers.

Related: In Pinellas beach towns, Hurricane Ian leaves little damage and a sense of relief

“We continue to assess the impacts of Hurricane Ian on our operating area. We are working to reopen stores as it becomes safe to do so,” the statement said. “As always, our priority remains on the safety of our associates, customers and communities we serve, and part of that means ensuring access to food, water and other essential items to restock pantries.”

Publix’s live store tracker shows stores across Clearwater, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg are already open while a store in Largo’s Tri-City Plaza and a handful in South Tampa remain closed until Friday morning. Customers can check store status online at www.publix.com/storm.

Related: Friday live updates: Florida recovers as Hurricane Ian targets Carolinas

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Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Ian coverage

HOW TO HELP: Where to donate or volunteer to help Hurricane Ian victims.

TAMPA BAY CLOSURES: What to know about bridges, roads in Ian’s aftermath

WHEN THE STORM HAS PASSED: Now what? Safety tips for returning home.

POST-STORM QUESTIONS: After Hurricane Ian, how to get help with fallen trees, food, damaged shelter.

WEATHER EFFECTS: Hurricane Ian was supposed to slam Tampa Bay head on. What happened?

WHAT TO DO IF HURRICANE DAMAGES YOUR HOME: Stay calm, then call your insurance company.

SCHOOLS: Will schools reopen quickly after Hurricane Ian passes? It depends.

MORE STORM COVERAGE: Get ready and stay informed at tampabay.com/hurricane.

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