Consideration customers, you may quickly have the ability to sip on grownup drinks in addition to smoothies and freshly roasted espresso when Publix strikes into the previous Fortunate’s Market in Neptune Seaside.
Publix purchased the leases to 5 of the Lucky’s Market stores in Florida — together with Neptune Seaside — final 12 months when the specialty grocer declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, closed and bought off most of its shops nationwide.
When Publix completes renovating the previous Neptune Seaside Fortunate’s it’ll function POURS, an area the place clients can sip wine, drink a chilly draft beer, take pleasure in a smoothie or savor a great cup of espresso whereas procuring.
The Neptune Seaside location would be the newest Publix to have a POURS, Chris Norberg, neighborhood relations supervisor for Publix’s Jacksonville Division, instructed the Occasions-Union.
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Till now, POURS has been an amenity supplied in Publix GreenWise specialty natural and pure groceries, together with its retailer at Nocatee City Heart in Ponte Vedra Seaside.
“We presently have eight Publix GreenWise Markets in our seven state service space that function this amenity,” Norberg stated. Though not deliberate as a GreenWise retailer, the Neptune Seaside location nonetheless may have the amenity.
Norberg stated the Neptune Seaside POURS “will present a beverage space and an enhanced social expertise with indoor and out of doors seating with a mezzanine.”
“Prospects will have the ability to order faucet beers, wine, contemporary espresso, smoothies, and lots of different refreshments which can be capable of be loved within the consolation of their model new Publix,” Norberg stated.
The opening date of the Neptune Seaside retailer hasn’t been decided but, he stated.
Positioned at 580 Atlantic Blvd., the brand new retailer is only a block from an current full-size, Publix at 630 Atlantic Blvd. That proximity has fueled hypothesis that Publix would possibly use the previous Fortunate’s retailer for one among its GreenWise shops. Nevertheless, Publix hasn’t commented on that risk.
Publix purchased the lease to the Neptune Beach Lucky’s in addition to shops in Clermont, Naples, Orlando and Ormond Seaside for a whole of about $11.5 million, federal chapter court docket data present.
Fortunate’s, headquartered in Niwot, Colo., filed for chapter in January 2020, 4 years after Cincinnati-based Kroger invested within the firm. In 2019, Kroger introduced that it was divesting itself of 32 of the 39 Fortunate’s nationwide and shedding these workers.