Publix on 16th Blvd. closing Saturday

Bigger version of supermarket will be built at same location.

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.

The Millhopper Publix will close at 7 p.m. Saturday to prepare for demolition and the construction of a larger supermarket at 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 2010, Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens said.

The demolition includes about 37,000 square feet of the Publix and 12,000 square feet of the 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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