East San Marco Publix is opening

East San Marco Publix is opening

Nearly a year and a half after officials ceremoniously broke ground at the East San Marco shopping center, its anchor store Publix has finally set a date for its grand opening.

Publix Media Relations Manager Hannah Herring confirmed in an e-mail that Publix will open for the first time at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. Store hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

According to the Publix “New Stores Opening” webpage, it is one of four locations scheduled to open this month in Florida with other locations in Manatee, Orange and Wakulla counties.

Herring added the 39,000-square-foot store will occupy the second level of the building with a Publix liquor store on the ground level beneath it. In the e-mail, Herring shared a list of store features this Publix will have, including fresh meat and seafood service, fresh produce with a self-service floral section and grocery, frozen and dairy sections.

The in-store deli will offer “custom subs, salads and sandwiches; platters; sushi; expanded specialty cheese; hot meals and sides’ Grab n Go entree meals and sides; Boar’s Head fresh sliced meats and cheese.”

Indoor and outdoor cafe seating will be available as well.

The East San Marco shopping center has been a long time coming for its community and surrounding neighbors. The Resident previously reported early discussions about the shopping center dating as far back as 2002. The project then saw several false starts, delays and setbacks.

The groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 16, 2021 officially kicked off the project.

The shopping center will include five other tenants: Orangetheory Fitness, Crumbl Cookies, St. Johns Eye Associates, Gemma Fish + Oyster and Foxtail Coffee. The Regency Centers East San Marco property brochure lists one retail space still available for lease in the shopping center.

On its website, St. Johns Eye Associates announced its East San Marco location will be opening this Fall. According to an April 2022 article by Regency Centers, Gemma Fish + Oyster is expected to open in Spring 2023. The remaining tenants did not respond to inquiries regarding opening dates or timeframes at the time of print.

By Michele Leivas
Resident Community News

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