Shopping post Publix
Since Longboat’s Publix has closed for remodeling, many visitors and residents thought they would have to go off Island for their day-to-day needs. Not so.
Longboat Key boasts three of the best convenience stores in our region, not only because they offer a variety of grocery items, but also because the stores are owned and operated by local business community members with a vested interest in our Island.
Boasting the only gas station on the 11-mile Longboat Key, BP Gas and Convenience store located at 400 Gulf of Mexico Drive is open daily.
Owner’s Peter Shaw and Nazeela Rahman-Shaw have worked hard to offer patrons a pleasant shopping experience. From fresh produce to gourmet coffee and boutique wines to their latest new offering of gourmet cold cuts and cheeses, BP has many new items.
The Shaws, Longboat residents, have owned the station since 2008. Nazeela says that they are keeping a close ear to customer requests and bringing in new items as needed.
QWIK ‘N’ EZ, located at 4032 Gulf of Mexico Drive is Longboat’s newest
convenience store. Opened on Feb. 13 next door to Longboat’s Ace Hardware and owned by Reed and Ginny Savidge, this store has seen a big uptick in business since the Publix closing, predominantly the lunch business. The store offers meatball subs, pulled pork sandwiches and hot pressed Cubans as well as a full line of Boars Head soups. They also offer the big three newspapers: The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and New York Times. They now offer a full line of produce supplied by Fresh Point Produce. They are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The store is managed by Kory Scruggs.
Savidge hopes the Qwik ‘N’ EZ will help Longboat residents during the eight months of construction and renovations at Publix and Avenue of the Flowers by carrying basic convenience-store items such as beer, tobacco, coffee, fountain drinks and grocery items.
Harry’s of Longboat Key added its convenience store to the family of businesses last year. The Corner Store is located at 5600 Gulf of
Mexico Drive and is doing a thriving business since opening. Carrying everything from fishing gear and beach supplies to fresh cut meats Harry’s has it all.
Owner’s Harry and Lynn Christensen are long-time islanders with a pulse on the community.
“Two days ago a group of eight little kids came into the corner store asking if we carried water balloons. I said if you kids come back tomorrow I’ll have water balloons for you,” said Harry. “It’s what we do. We keep the quality of life up for the people of Longboat Key.”
The Christensen’s say they are in it for the long-term. Since 1979, Harry Christensen has been on a mission: to bring exciting, exquisitely real, gourmet cuisine to Longboat Key.