Publix gets OK for $188.5M Orlando distribution center

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by Anjali Fluker

Publix Supermarkets Inc. is moving forward with plans for a new Orlando distribution center it first introduced in 2009 — but this time, it’s bringing with it 156 new jobs in the first three years of operations.
The grocery chain in July 2009 bought a 120-acre site in the Lee Vista area near Orlando International Airport for $13.5 million with plans to build a nearly 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center. But Publix halted those plans later that year when the economy continued its downward trend.



Now, those plans are back in effect. Gov. Rick Scott on Feb. 27 announced the grocer got state and city of Orlando approval for a new 1 million-square-foot refrigerated distribution center with a $188.5 million capital investment. The center is slated for a fourth-quarter 2014 completion, the release said.
The site also earlier this year was approved for $3.8 million in city incentives, including a brownfield redevelopment grant that would require the chain to meet staffing and other contractual objectives before receiving tax rebates. The incentives also include an Economic Development Transportation Fund grant, which would be used towards public transportation improvements.
Publix officials were immediately unavailable for comment on the project timetable and job opportunities. But I’m sure we’ll see plenty of those opportunities surfacing as the project gains momentum.

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