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Publix Goes Urban

Publix opened its newest Central Florida location this past weekend in Downtown Orlando. Located in the base of the Paramount on Lake Eola, the store is just what you’d expect of a city grocery store … but definitely a modified version of every other Publix you’ve ever been into.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but thought I’d check it out. The store is conveniently located on Central Blvd., there’s plenty of street parking and I’m told there’s also garage parking available.

The store was bright and airy, but the configuration left me a little disoriented. Carts on the left? Greeting Cards at the entrance? It was all just a little backwards.

I wanted to take pictures, but the store wasn’t crowded enough to distract my peers from giving me the stare-down, so I passed.

If you live or work in Downtown Orlando, be sure to check it out for yourself.

400 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801
Store: (407) 872-7201
Pharmacy: (407) 872-7207

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Comments

  • akeorlando
    Wednesday, 10 September 2008

    I was hoping to get there this past weekend but didn’t get around to it. I’m bummed you weren’t able to take any photos.

    What’s the parking like? If it’s convenient then I might consider starting to shop there — it’s so close to where I live.

  • Alicia
    Wednesday, 10 September 2008

    Do you have to pay to park in the garage?

  • Curley & Pynn - The Strategic Firm
    Wednesday, 10 September 2008

    I need to do some more investigating. Honestly, blogging about my visit was a bit of an afterthought, so I didn’t get as much info as I would’ve liked.

    I parked on the street and was there around 8 pm, so of course there was no meter needed.

    I’ll make another trip for a follow up post.

  • Colleen
    Wednesday, 10 September 2008

    Perfect timing…I need to stop there tomorrow before checking into my downtown Orlando hotel. I was wondering how close a Publix would be!

  • Rae
    Saturday, 13 September 2008

    Alicia: No, don’t have to pay. Free parking in the garage. Wonder how they’ll police that once people realize it’s there and want to escape the meters.

  • Rae
    Saturday, 13 September 2008

    Oh! For more on the garage: Entrance is on the side street there and the elevators are in the front corner. There are cart return areas down there so you don’t have to worry about bringing your cart back upstairs. The elevators are plenty big for several carts and bodies at the same time.

    One thing to note: The elevator doors open on one side down in the garage and on the other upstairs at the store. That’s kind of obvious but a few people I talked to got confused about it.

  • akeorlando
    Friday, 20 February 2009

    Five months later, and I made my first trip to this Publix tonight. I absolutely LOVED it! Convenient parking; very urban; friendly customer service.

    If I were going to live in the downtown Orlando area much longer I would definitely shop here all the time.

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