Over at another site, there was a discussion about the reopening of the Southgate Publix. One person questioned the coverage: “It’s a grocery store. A. GROCERY. STORE. A place to buy groceries.”
I’ve only been here a few years, but it researching the articles about Southgate I found that it has survived and prospered when many contemporary and later shopping districts failed. In the Dixieland community the Southgate Publix isn’t just a grocery store. It’s a meeting place. We find our neighbors there every time we shop. It’s a touchstone of history. 52 years in the same location doesn’t happen by accident. We can walk and bike to this store. Generations have done so, though it was built for cars during the time the city wasn’t quite up to its edge.
The Publix at the Southgate Shopping Center reopens tomorrow at 8 a.m. First opened in 1957 and given facelifts over subsequent years, the building was razed to the ground in early 2009 and rebuilt in less than nine months.
Look inside for a large number of photos taken today and a preview of the departments.
* – Lakeland Local also publishes MetroI4News.com and the USFP Librarian in charge of the Read Out! event is the wife of the publisher of Lakeland Local, Chuck Welch.