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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2020 3 months ago

New Publix to occupy former Lucky's Market building in Ormond Beach

Also in City Watch: Sidewalk improvements in the works for downtown
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The former Lucky’s Market building at 101 E. Granada Blvd. will transform into a Publix in 2021, a spokesperson with the supermarket company confirmed on Tuesday. 

Chris Norberg, Publix community relations manager for the Orlando region, said in an email that the store will be a “traditional” Publix rather than a GreenWise, and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2021.

“While the details of the store and its amenities are still to be determined, Ormond Beach residents and visitors can look forward to quality products and premier service they have grown accustom to at our locations,” Norberg said.

Publix assumed the lease of the building after Lucky’s Market filed for bankruptcy at the beginning of this year. Ormond Beach Economic Development Director said there were no other competitive bids by different grocers.

It being a traditional Publix will still serve the community, Rademacher said, as he believes residents who live between U.S. 1 and the beach are likely to frequent the new store.

“The Publix being located at Lucky’s I think really does make a lot of sense and won’t necessarily cannibalize their other stores because it fits a niche where there isn’t really close proximity to a grocery,” Rademacher said.

Nicer sidewalks in the downtown?

Streetscape borders in the downtown could get a makeover in the near future.

Staff seeks to provide options for the borders in the sidewalk renovation project, said Planning Director Steven Spraker in an email.  These include clay brick pavers, a mixed-colored concrete with seashells and standard concrete. The first two options will be sampled along North Washington Street by the Chamber of Commerce building.

The existing sidewalks and paver banding was installed in 1991. Spraker said the city received letters from the Florida Department of Transportation stating the pavers are in need of repair.

Woman charged over son’s death

A 34-year-old woman was arrested in Michigan on charges related to the 2019 death of her five-month-old son in Ormond Beach.

Ormond Beach Police Officers travelled to Michigan on June 10 to assist the U.S. Marshal’s Service in arresting Stephanie Holly, the mother of Daemon Scott who died in the hospital from injuries police believe were a result of child abuse. Her ex-husband, Calib Scott, was arrested in June 2019. 

Holly faces three charges related to child neglect, child abuse and negligence. Her bond totals $210,000 as she awaits to be extradited to Florida.

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