Publix unveils what’s in store for Longboat
Publix commemorated the next phase in the construction of Longboat Key’s new Publix with a celebration at the Shoppes of Bay Isles this Thursday. The idea, a first for Publix Corporation, was at the behest of Town of Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown, who referred to the event as a Topping Out Party. ‘Topping Out’ refers to the pinnacle or highest point of construction achieved.
About 60 residents, along with Town and Publix officials, were on hand for the event with light refreshments. Officials from Publix shared with the audience highlights of what to expect at the newly constructed store.
What shoppers can expect
The 49,000-square-foot store will offer an assortment of conventional items combined with an abundant selection of earth-friendly, all-natural and organic products as well as an expanded variety of specialty items for customer convenience; as well as a large selection of freshly prepared foods.
It will feature a salad bar with more than 20 fresh salad selections, a soup bar offering several gourmet soups daily and a Pacific Wok featuring Pan Asian favorites like Mongolian Beef, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Vegetable Lo-Mein and more.
The store will not have a Café, as space is limited, however coffee will be offered and there will be a seating area. The seating area will be equipped with free Wi-Fi service.
A full-service floral department will offer everything from a dozen roses to bouquets, to pots of flowers. Floral specialists will be available to create arrangements for that special occasion.
The produce department will be expanded to carry both organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, including a selection of exotic choices from around the world and the season’s best from local growers.
The seafood department will offer wild and farm-raised varieties of fresh fish as well as an extensive variety of shellfish options, including lobster. An expanded sushi counter will include sushi made with brown rice.
A full-service meat department will allow customers to have their order cut any way they like and trimmed to perfection. The case will feature a variety of fresh meats, including a selection of those that have never had any antibiotics or added hormones.
The new store will feature a cheese selection that will include more than 100 varieties of artisan cheeses from the United States and around the world.
A certified cheese specialist will staff this full-service area to assist with selecting and pairing cheeses with other foods and beverages.
a larger variety of gluten-free products will be offered along with more international foods, to include items from Mexico, the Caribbean, South American, Brazil, West Indian, Kosher, British and German items.
The wine department will offer an expanded variety of premium and specialty wines from the United States and around the world, along with a large selection of champagnes and sparkling wines. The selection will also include fine wines made with organic grapes.
Wine specialists will be available to assist customers in pairing the perfect wines with their food selections.
The bakery department will offer an array of cakes, cookies and pies as well as an assortment of chocolate-dipped items. In addition to traditional breads and rolls, an expanded selection of foccacia and flatbreads will be offered. Customers will find a selection of bakery items made with all-natural ingredients, including mini desserts, muffin tops and cookies.
The deli department will include a full-service deli counter highlighting Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, as well as handcrafted old world delicacies, cured sausages, sopresatta and aged proscuitto. The deli will also offer an international selection of olives, antipastos and hummus.
Apron’s Simple Meals will offer customers a new recipe each week. Meals clerks will conduct cooking presentations on a daily basis. All of the ingredients for these recipes will be found in the Apron’s Simple Meals case located directly next to the kitchen.
Also available will be high-quality cookware.
An Event Planning Center, staffed by an event-planning specialist, will assist customers in planning every detail for any special occasion. Event planners will ensure all items are pulled together for the gathering, including placing orders for cakes, platters, beverages and floral arrangements and making suggestions that will complement every themed event.
In addition to a full-service pharmacy, a dedicated body care section will offer customers a wide selection of natural and conventional vitamins, minerals and supplements. A HealthNotes kiosk will provide customers with information on health issues and available solutions, vitamins and supplements.
Publix Officials said when they design a new prototype, they are repositioning departments so that customers can locate items easily and get through the store quickly. They spent a lot of time creating adjacencies that make sense and are convenient for customers. A good example would be positioning the wine department next to their cheese section and adjacent to a selection of olives. This gives customers the opportunity to pair complementary items and often helps them with meal solutions.
Officials shared more exciting news that CVS has received its Certificate of Occupancy and is expected to open the first week of August. A PUBLIX official said that “residents will be buying their Christmas groceries from us.’’