Millhopper Publix to close 7 p.m. Saturday for demolition

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 5:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 5:29 p.m.

The Millhopper Publix will close at 7 p.m. Saturday to prepare for demolition and to rebuild a larger supermarket in the same location.

Publix is scheduled to have the store at 4111 N.W. 16th Blvd. cleared out for demolition to begin the first week of February, said Mike Kinsella, senior vice president of operations for Regency Centers, the property owner.

The store is projected to reopen during the fourth quarter of the year, said Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens.

The demolition includes about 51,000 square feet of the Publix and former Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, which closed about two weeks ago. The Jo-Ann location at 1220 N.W. 76th Blvd. remains open.

The building will be replaced by a 47,000-square-foot Publix, plus a 2,700-square-foot outparcel with a restaurant and retail space.

Ten other stores in the plaza, including a CVS pharmacy and post office, are expected to remain open during demolition and construction.

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