LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets has received state and city approval to move forward with its plans to build a nearly 1-million-square-foot distribution center on a 120-acre site near Orlando International Airport.
The Orlando Business Journal, on its blog site, reports that Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that the grocery chain "got state and city of Orlando" approval for the refrigerated distribution center with a $188.5 million investment.
The 1,000-plus-unit supermarket chain, based here, bought the site in 2009, but halted plans to build when the economy continued to trend downward. Now, with city and state approval, the chain is expected to move forward with its plans. The center is slated for a fourth-quarter 2014 completion, a news release stated.