Why This Business Thrives in Sarasota Communities


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 6th, 2014 – The presence of big box stores which provide superior services certainly contributes to the quality of life in any residential community. With this sound logic, residents of Sarasota as well as neighboring Manatee have reason to cheer about Publix Supermarkets coming out anew in the Fortune magazine list of the best 100 U.S. employers. After all, happy employees subsequently make happy customers.

Since 1998, this Lakeland, FL-based supermarket chain has been a consistent lister in the business publication’s roster of the best 100 companies to work for. Notably, its 2014 Fortune rating follows the 2013 Black Pearl Award that Publix received from the International Association for Food Protection which cited the company’s excellence in food quality and safety.

Prototype of future Publix outlets

Publix has wide-ranging operations in Southwest Florida which it serves via several strategically located stores in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It also has a distribution center in Sarasota, one of its seven logistics hubs in the state. Not one to rest on its laurels, the company is also continuing to excite its customers.

In December, Publix reopened its outlet in Longboat Key after an eight-month makeover. This revamp introduced the supermarket chain’s new prototype for its subsequent stores, a move viewed by some market analysts as a major initiative to address the tightening competition in retail industry. Publix was also reported gearing up its new Super Markets in the pipeline to carry more high-end merchandise in order to draw more upscale customers.

Enhanced store features

The Longboat Key Publix is a showcase of this competitive maneuver. The store’s building is better and bigger with its 49,000 square feet of floor space and well-designed lighting. It also features more artistic displays and a wider product selection.

Free Wi-Fi Internet link is also available. Additionally, the improved outdoor dining facilities offer a bigger selection of prepared food items. With the remarkable new features of this renovated Publix at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, Sarasota Magazine named it as the “Best Addition to Longboat Key” for 2013.

Prime real estate

A premier Publix store indeed looks a perfect complement to the neighborhoods in Longboat Key. This barrier island, together with Lido Key, St. Armands, and Siesta Key, offers some of the prime choices among Sarasota homes for sale.

The residential properties in Longboat Key are a combination of luxury estate homes and upscale condominiums sited either fronting the Sarasota Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. Most of these bay- front and Gulf-front residences are upper-end properties, and quite a few of those listed among Sarasota homes for sale are priced below $1 million.

The elite real estate market in Longboat Key is best exemplified by the Aria, a new condominium project at 2251 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This development is set in a 5-acre parcel which is considered as among the last of the non-redeveloped beachfront estates on the barrier island. Only 16 units are planned for this luxury condominium with each estimated to carry a tag price around the $4 million mark.