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Florida to get new waterfront Publix reachable by boat

Plans for the Publix include a three-story building with a wide dock, parking garage and outdoor cafe seating.
The exterior of a Publix store in Tampa. The Lakeland-based grocery chain may be opening a waterfront location in South Florida. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times [OCTAVIO JONES   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
The exterior of a Publix store in Tampa. The Lakeland-based grocery chain may be opening a waterfront location in South Florida. OCTAVIO JONES | Times [OCTAVIO JONES | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 25, 2019
Updated Sep. 25, 2019

Get ready to set sail and enjoy a Pub Sub dockside. A new Publix location accessible by boat may be coming to South Florida.

Plans for a new three-story building in South Hollywood Beach could include a Publix, parking garage and dock for boats, the Sun Sentinel reported.

According to The Real Deal, Albert Benalloun of TransAmerican Development Corp. in Miami Beach purchased a vacant waterfront lot from Hollywood 3100 LLC.

TransAmerican intends to build the new grocery store on the 50,095-square-foot property. Benalloun closed on the property at 3100 Ocean Drive in Hollywood for $4.75 million earlier this month, the Real Deal reported.

This isn’t just great news for boat owners. Shoppers would be able to sit on the dock and take in the waterfront, Benalloun told the Sun Sentinel Tuesday.

Buzz about a boat-accessible Publix has been building since Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy posted about it on his Facebook page last year.

“The Publix is proposed to have cafe tables on Ocean Drive and will also have a boat dock for boaters to pull up and buy groceries for their day on the water,” Levy posted.

Hollywood beach residents will be happy to know that they may soon not have to leave the island to buy groceries or pick...

Posted by Josh Levy on Thursday, November 15, 2018

If TransAmerican Development gets city approval for its $18 million plan, construction could kick off in the third quarter of 2020, the Real Deal reported.

Want to take a boat to Publix now? Tampa Bay area shoppers are in luck.

“Our Treasure Island store has a dock behind it,” said Publix Media & Community Relations Manager Brian West.

Reader Chris Casper also pointed out the Publix on Tom Stuart Causeway across from Madeira Beach has a dock that takes boaters to the parking lot.


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