Regular patrons of a popular Publix supermarket in Coral Springs will have to travel a bit farther over the next year if they want the pleasure of shopping at Florida’s dominant grocery chain.
Publix will close its Ramblewood Square location on the corner of North University drives and Ramblewood Drives for one year, the company announced Wednesday. This is the latest in an ongoing series of store rebuilds in northwest Broward County.
While it’s closed, the 33-year-old building will be demolished and a new one will be built in its place, according to development plans approved by the city.
Tim Daher, construction manager at Kitson & Partners, stated that the supermarket and its pharmacy will reopen in May 2023. J Raymond Construction Corp., which is based in Orlando, is the general contract.
When it’s completed, the new building will house a larger Publix and a Ross Dress for Less shop. Daher stated that the new Publix will span approximately 54,000 square footage, while the current store measures 48,000 square foot.
The new building will face west. The existing Publix is located at an angle facing southwest. The parking lot will have 90-degree turn-in spots, rather than the 60-degree angle configuration.
The northern wing of the complex, currently housing several retail stores including Vito’s Pizza and a T-Mobile store, will remain in place and get a 15,000 square-foot extension, Daher said.
Daher indicated that the renovation will also force the closing of Ascot’s check cashing shop and UPS Store.
During the renovation, two new outbuildings are also planned. They will be occupied By Aspen Dental, Starbucks, and Coolgreens. Coolgreens is a healthy lifestyle restaurant that opened its first South Florida branch in Delray Beach in November.
None of the store’s employees will be laid off during the hiatus, said Lindsey Wallace, Publix’ media relations manager. “We are proud that in our over 90-year history we have never had to layoff associates due to store closings or remodels,”Wallace sent an email. “Associates are relocated to a nearby store.”
The area will have a variety of Publix stores available for displacees.
Nearby is the nearest pharmacy, located at the corner North University Drive/Royal Palm Boulevard.
The Ramblewood Square Renovation will be the second of three major rebuilding initiatives for Publix in northwest Broward County. The grocery chain is headquartered in Lakeland and operates eight Publix stores at Coral Springs, as well as many more in nearby communities.
Publix was reopened in January following a reconstruction of its long-standing location at Riverside Square at Wiles Road, and Riverside Drive in Coral Springs. The new building had more square footage, which allowed for many product enhancements and design improvements.
Margate city planning officials are looking at Publix’s site plans that would require the demolition and reconstruction of a 1979-vintage Palm Lakes Plaza store at the corner West Atlantic Avenue & Rock Island Road.
Publix, which owns that shopping center, would add a pharmacy and standalone liquor store and increase the store’s footprint from roughly 40,000 square feet to 51,000 square feet.
Publix has more than 225,000 associates. It currently operates over 1,200 stores across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
Ron Hurtibise is the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s business and consumer reporter. He can be reached by phone at 954-356-4071, on Twitter @ronhurtibise or by email at [email protected]