"Loughman Crossing" could be the first Publix in the company's home county to feature its newest prototype store. The 19.5-acre site is at the northwest corner of U.S. 17-92 and Poinciana Parkway, also known as Ronald Reagan Parkway.
The initial site plan called for a 46,500-square-foot store, the standard Florida prototype. An updated site plan filed by KCG Engineering states that the new prototype is 6,239 square feet larger and requires more parking.
The new Publix would also have more than 20,000 square feet of attached inline retail. The site plan shows five outparcels, each larger than one acre, in Phase 1.
Polk County's Development Review Committee is scheduled to discuss the site plan on Aug. 2.
The newest Publix stores in greater Orlando at Sunrise City Plaza and in Apopka are both in the range of 46,500 square feet. But new stores in North Carolina and Virginia are bigger, including a new 54,400-square-foot store opening this week in Richmond, Virginia.
Marc Wiener AIA is the project architect.
The store at Winter Park Village is the area's largest at 65,000 square feet. But the Lakeland-based grocer has also been experimenting with smaller-format stores, including one in Longwood that's less than 30,000 square feet, with a specialized pick-up area for delivery services.
Publix has been working with Instacart on grocery delivery, providing access to store product lists and even recently adding alcohol delivery.
Officials with Publix and Halvorsen did not return calls seeking comment on Tuesday.
Providence, a 2,215-acre master-planned golf course community, is approved for more than 4,800 residential units. Master Developer ABD Development controls three commercial sites, including a 25-acre site at the southeast quadrant of the Loughman Crossing intersection.
The Gotts family, which owns the 27 acres at the southwest quadrant, met with county planners in 2017 to discuss site plan and access issues to prep the site for retail development.