Additional outdoor dining is planned for downtown Lakeland by late summer after a “streetscape” project extends the sidewalk and builds in safety buffers on the block of Main Street across from Munn Park. More
Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets has eased its mask policy: Shoppers and employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be required to wear facial coverings in stores. More
The first project at the 730-acre Lakeland Central Park logistics park at the western edge of the Polk Parkway will be a 708,000-square-foot spec warehouse, Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. Ultimately, the project is expected to include 5 million square feet of industrial space in multiple buildings and 500,000 square feet for multifamily, retail and general commercial uses. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next Friday. | Project website
A new Publix supermarket opening this summer on County Line Road at Pipkin Road will include some new amenities, The Ledger reports. The deli will be located in the middle of the store, and a mezzanine with a balcony will give customers an area to relax, socialize, eat or work using free wifi. (Subscriber-only story)
Three years in the making, The Well business center is finally springing up from the ground at 114 E. Parker St. in Lakeland’s Midtown neighborhood, The $1.3 million, 4,700-square-foot collaborative workspace is scheduled to open in early 2022. More
LkldNow is one of 10 independent news organizations chosen for a sustainability project sponsored by the Google News Initiative and LION Publishers.
An announcement published by LION — Local Independent Online News — Publishers describes the inaugural GNI Startups Lab as “a six-month program that provides the coaching and capital to help news businesses work toward sustainability.” More
Crews topped off roof construction Friday on the eight-story Summit office building on Lake Mirror. The next step is adding pre-cast panels, News Channel 8 reports. The work is expected to take 70 days, and drivers can expect the closure of Main Street along the north side of the building for four weeks starting April 26. Massachusetts Avenue is expected to remain open. | News release More
Local entrepreneurs are planning to buy the long-vacant, 95-year-old Gore Building at 238 N. Massachusetts Ave. and restore it, likely with offices, residences and a restaurant. The structure would take on a cigar theme and a new name — the Eli Witt Cigar Co. — as a nod to its history. More
The local Coca-Cola distribution center employing 182 people has outgrown its location off Kathleen Road and will be replaced by a larger facility in Winter Haven, The Ledger reports in a subscribers-only story. The new location on Logistics Parkway just north of SR 60, expected to open later this year, will add 172 new employees.