In an article that reviews the new GreenWise Market in Tallahassee and previews those coming to Lakeland and elsewhere, the Tampa Bay Times quotes “Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert saying the “groceraunt” concept that Publix is testing is the wave of the future.
Uncle Nick’s, which has developed a following for its bagel sandwiches and Italian specialties, has closed its stores in downtown Lakeland, Edgewood Drive and Bradenton to focus on the original location, which opened three years ago at Shepherd Road and Old Highway 37. Co-owner Nick DeBellis Jr. said he has several offers to buy the downtown NoBay location and plans to sublease the four-unit space.
The first in Publix’ new generation of GreenWise Markets opened in Tallahassee today. Check the Tallahassee Democrat’s comprehensive look inside (including 48 photos) to get a preview of what the Lakeland store scheduled to open early next year might look like. We say “might” because the canny marketers at Publix will likely test variations between a close-to-campus college-town store and one in a suburban setting such as the Lakeland site across Florida Avenue from Lake Miriam Plaza.
One thing we do know: The Tallahassee store is partnering with area breweries for its “Pours” section, which includes space to hang out and sip coffees, kombuchas, smoothies, beers and wines; Publix hopes the brewery partnerships can provide a roadmap for the GreenWise Markets that follow in Lakeland and other cities, a sidebar article notes.
ALSO: Tampa Bay Business Journal declares GreenWise Market a “paradigm shift” for the Lakeland-based supermarket giant, providing consumers more of a shopping experience and less of a one-stop grocer.
Chef Marcos Fernandez is temporarily merging his two Dixieland restaurants. Starting Oct. 16, dishes from his new, fast-casual D’Lucas will be available at Nineteen61 for sit-down and app-driven take-out lunches. Ultimately he hopes to re-open D’Lucas in a new indoor setting. The Dixieland Village building where Fernandez opened D’Lucas in May will house his catering operation and cooking classes.
ALSO: Ledger coverage
Publix Super Markets will announce an expansion of its Lakeland headquarters today, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported this morning. The newspaper attributed its information to a news release from Gov. Rick Scott. The report included no details about the size of the expansion, but noted the company is eligible for state incentives if it adds 700 jobs and invests $25 million in capital improvements. Company officials had said they’d be making a “very special and impactful announcement” today at 2 p.m. Stay tuned…
Coliseum of Comics is moving from downtown (Kentucky Avenue) to Dixieland. Starting next Wedesday, they’ll be at 1119 S. Florida Ave., formerly home to Kanga Marketing. Bonus: There’s a moving sale at the current location through Saturday, their last day there. #lkld
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Jennifer Bush used photographs, interviewed family members and searched warehouses to re-create the office the way it looked when Publix Super Markets founder “Mr. George” used it in 1968.
ALSO: Bush discusses Jenkins and the history of Publix in “Before the Shopping Cart,” a free lecture at the Lakeland Public Library Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.