There seems to be a food fight afoot among local supermarkets in the Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Falls corridor.
In this corner, Publix is nearly finished with exterior construction of a nearly 46,000-sqft store at US-1 and SW 134th Street. Estimated opening is November.
Meanwhile, in the other corner, area newcomer The Fresh Market is constructing their store adjacent to The Falls mall. Estimated opening is late Summer, giving it a slight edge.
The winner are area consumers who get even more choice and competition.
Meanwhile, according to my sources, Publix does not plan to close or make any changes to either their Falls or SW 146th Street locations, except for the now nearly completed upgrades to the Falls store interior. “We expect people will still want choices on either side of US-1 and we’ll continue to deliver,” said an unnamed Publix source.