GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. — The lights are on, but the parking lot is deserted.
A Publix expected to open in October has been delayed for months due to utility issues, causing nearby residents to drive several miles for groceries.
The still locked store now sits empty on Randall Boulevard and Immokalee Road.
Annette Kniola, who’s lives in the area for a decade, complains she has to drive 10 miles for groceries.
“…With four kids its not the greatest thing in the world,” she said. “It’s gonna be convenient to have this built now to get that loaf of bread or gallon of milk.”
Publix’s grand opening has been delayed mostly because Orange Tree Utilities, the company supplying water to the area, won’t connect the water until the store is compliant with their procedures.
Orange Tree Utilities officials said they’re working to get the store open by next week.
When contacted about the situation, Publix issued this statement:
“There are many different aspects of the construction project, and there are still a few details to finalize. The delays have been frustrating. We’re working very hard to get the store open as soon as possible for our customers.”