Fencing placed in front of Lakeland’s favorite arch at Southgate Shopping Center marks the construction site of a new Starbucks coffee shop. The company plans to close the nearby store at Florida Avenue and Beacon Road. The construction zone next to Five Guys displaces roughly 100 parking spots. The building will occupy 2,515 square feet, according to a city permit.


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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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