A Lakeland couple, both long-time Publix employees, have bought a building on South Kentucky Avenue and will place a Pita Pit quick-service restaurant in half of it as soon as November, the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority reported today.

Joey Lindsey, who recently retired from Publix after 32 years, will manage the restaurant at 127 S. Kentucky Ave., a storefront that previously housed La Carretta and Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen, the LDDA said in a blog post.

His wife of 29 years, Michelle Brock Lindsey, plans to continue her 27-year career with Publix Credit Union, the LDDA said. Both went to Lake Gibson High School, according to their Facebook profiles.

Pita Pit, with more than 500 locations in 11 countries, specializes in pita sandwiches and salads and is popular in college towns, according to a Wikipedia entry. The closest current location is on Fowler Avenue near the University of South Florida campus in Tampa.

While the company’s online menu doesn’t list prices, a GrubHub delivery page for the Tampa location shows sandwiches and salads costing from $6.40 to $8.99 before extras are added.

Most of the options are meat-based, but there are three vegetarian options with falafel, hummus, and spicy black beans.

The Lindseys are planning to lease out the storefront at 125 S. Kentucky Ave., which previously held half of La Carretta and The General Store before that, the LDDA said.

They have finished demolition and are building out both sides of the building, the LDDA said. Purchase price of the building was unavailable as the sale has not yet been posted on the Polk Property Appraiser’s Office website.

125 and 127 S. Kentucky Ave.


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  1. That’s awesome. I’ve seen and known several of these that have gone out of business, hope yours has better luck.

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