A group of people today gathered on the sidewalk of Channelside Push and H2o Avenue Thursday early morning as Mayor Jane Castor welcomed them to Tampa’s only Publix GreenWise Market.
Castor stood future to retail store supervisor Scott Guira as he held big scissors to lower the ribbon and mark the event. Masked staff members lined the entrance and clapped for just about every shopper as they entered the retail outlet for the first time. Other workers handed out free of charge samples of chocolate chip cookies, bacon and crackers with brie and tangerine spread from the Dalmatian coast in Croatia.
The GreenWise retailer is the newest addition to Water Street Tampa, the downtown development by Strategic Assets Partners, a authentic estate firm backed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Invoice Gates’ Cascade Financial investment. The retail store is component of Heron, the to start with condominium tower to open as component of the 50-moreover acre task. Along with flats, there is a parking garage higher than the retail outlet for shoppers to use.
The 26,000-square-foot keep features a for a longer period checklist of natural and specialty food stuff solutions than your regular Publix. It fits in with the “holistic lifestyle” and eyesight for H2o Avenue Tampa, according to SPP. The Publix keep was recognized as a “critical anchor” of the all round undertaking from the beginning, real estate officers explained. It also fills a shopping void for downtown Tampa citizens, and with much more to come with condominiums and flats less than construction.
From the within, the new GreenWise retail store looks a ton like a classic Publix but with extra bells and whistles. There is a fridge crammed with rows of kombucha in the deliver segment, a jar of bee pollen priced all over $12 subsequent to the honey and cans of collagen glowing tea. Customers can have a equipment grind Jim’s natural and organic coffee beans from coarse to espresso-high-quality.
“There’s a whole lot of GreenWise brand merchandise,” explained Laurie Yoho, a resident of the close by Harbour Island in Tampa. “My spouse genuinely preferred the coffee bar.”
Yoho claimed she arrived for the celebration and to review what a GreenWise Sector has to a common Publix retail store. She stated there was a broader wide variety of natural and organic things and far more in the seize-and-go buffet.
Some aisles have self-provide choices, the place consumers can get rice, quinoa, nuts or dried fruits by the pound. There’s also a pour-your-have virgin coconut oil, honey, agave or liquid aminos seasoning (which is comparable to soy sauce) station.
“Our curated mix of substantial-excellent specialty make-at-house and grab and go things will include a stage of convenience for people and readers hunting for quick food options as they delight in the events and pursuits readily available in the surrounding region,” said Publix President Kevin Murphy in a assertion.
The Tampa retail outlet is Publix’s ninth GreenWise Current market, but not the 1st in Tampa. A single of the initial in the chain operated in South Tampa’s Hyde Park for just about 10 decades right before it was rebranded into a regular Publix retail outlet in 2019. A 10th GreenWise Current market is established to open up in St. Augustine. Another opened last calendar year in Odessa.
“It appears pretty effortless and clean. There is a good deal of items for this sort of a tiny space,” claimed Karen Benson, a South Tampa resident who came to the opening.
At the deli, Pub sub loyalists will locate their favorites and more speciality choices, including smoked pork loin Cuban sandwiches and Boar’s Head cuts. The counter also include things like fresh popcorn popped daily and 13 flavors of hen wings. It’s really hard to miss out on the big screen with dozens of gourmand cheeses.
The GreenWise Market also has a “Pours” station, a bar concept featuring coffee, tea, smoothies, wine, craft beer on tap and extra kombucha, which purchasers can sip when they store.