Winn-Dixie Seeks $850,000 In City Incentives To Take Over Publix Space At Gateway

Nov 27, 2019

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. requested $850,000 in city financial incentives to open a store at Gateway Town Center in the space that Publix Super Markets Inc. will vacate at the end of the year.

Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie informed officials with the city Office of Economic Development that the grocery chain plans to renovate and lease the 28,120-square-foot store at 5210 Norwood Ave. by the end of the first quarter 2020, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Publix, which has anchored the Northwest Jacksonville shopping center for 20 years, announced in October it would not renew its lease with landlord Gator Investments LLC and would vacate by Dec. 28.

City Council President Scott Wilson filed Ordinance 2019-870 Tuesday night at the request of Mayor Lenny Curry.

The bill would take $850,000 from the Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund to “offset costs associated with redeveloping and outfitting” the Publix space.

An expanded version of this story is at JaxDailyRecord.com.