Publix Is Coming to Downtown, But It's Not the Area's First Supermarket
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Our hungry sister blog, Short Order, in July first wrote about early plans for the Publix, but there are new details now.
The Publix, which will include a liquor store, pharmacy, bakery, and café, will take up 49,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by early 2012. The project, dubbed 18Biscayne, will be erected on a now-vacant lot off Biscayne Boulevard between 18th Street and 17th Terrace.
CBS4 claims, "You can shop for a lot of things in the heart of downtown Miami, but you can't visit the supermarket," in a story headlined, "Downtown Miami to Get First Supermarket."
Um, you guys, there's already a Price Choice supermarket that is catty-corner to the planned site.
"Downtown Miami is one of South Florida's fastest-growing residential areas, and the arrival of a new Publix in the legendary Omni neighborhood will undoubtedly spark interest from other national and local retailers," reads a news release from Robert Breslau, president of Stiles Real Estate Investment Services Group, according to the South Florida Business Journal.
The developers also hope to sign a lease with a commercial bank for a 3,200-square-foot space. That'll leave about 5,000 square feet available for other stores.