Publix is tearing down a South Tampa location, but has something better in store—a craft beer bar.
Tampa Bay Business Journal pulled documents submitted to the City of Tampa and says the bar—complete with seating—is going to be called Pours. The bar is part of a new store planned following the demolition of the old location which was built in the ‘80s at the intersection of Gandy Boulevard and Himes Avenue. Other upgrades for the prototype Publix location include a specialty cheese section, mezzanine level lounge as well as a drive-thru pharmacy.
Pours—which also features kombucha, acai bowls, and wine along with craft beer—is a feature at Publix's GreenWise stores, but would be a deviation from the norm for other Publix locations.
There is no timeline on the demolition at 3615 W. Gandy Blvd., but past tours of other GreenWise stores mention the craft beer bar as something customers in South Tampa could possibly look forward to. “Some of the store features include cup holders in shopping carts for you to enjoy drinks from the POURS section while you shop, along with indoor/outdoor seating and meeting spaces,” Lakelander said.
Walk-around beers are popular at other grocery chains like Whole Foods and Luckys, but it's always good to know there's going to be a place where getting sloppy can be a pleasure, too.
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