Is Publix Trying to Get Even Closer to UF With a New Type of Store?

Talks have been floating around the Gainesville community that Publix will put a smaller scale grocery store at the site of Gainesville’s first McDonald’s, which will move to West University Avenue. City Planning Manager Ralph Hilliard has met with Publix representatives, but when asked about the subject, Publix declined to comment.  The lot where the Publix will be built is a little smaller than a normal Publix, but according to Orlando Business Journal,  This will be one of the new prototypes of a smaller scale store for college towns and seaside communities. This store would be around 20,000 square feet where the normal Publix is normally between 40,000 and 60,000 square feet.  A McDonald’s spokesperson has made it clear McDonald’s is aware that Publix is interested in the space.  McDonald’s will more than likely move across the way and take the place of what was most recently EndZone Bar and Grill and prior to that, Mellow Mushroom. This Publix project isn’t the only development in the immediate area, as The Standard, a 10-story development, will be under construction soon in the big grassy field across from UF. 

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