Steel Dirt – New Publix Taking Shape

by October 13, 2008 • 4 comments

Growing from a field of dirt, a steel and concrete structure is forming the shape of the future of Publix on Back Beach Road.  With the hot summer months over, the crews are thankful to have the bulk of their work during what is arguably one of the best times of year in Panama City Beach.

With the thriving commercial development on Back Beach Road, especially around the area of Beckrich and Alf Coleman, it would seem the area is preparing itself for an influx of new visitors by way of condo rentals, vacation rentals, or new home purchasers in Panama City Beach.  St. Joe is certainly ambitious in their prospective development at the end of Beckrich.  The Breakfast Point subdivision promised to bring thousands of new homes to our area when there are people here to fill them.

The new 5400 square foot Publix will be replacing the old 4500 square foot grocery located at the corner of Beckrich and Middle Beach Road.  The look will be similar to the new Publix on Thomas Drive and the Publix right next to Sandestin.

In addition to the new Publix, a much needed Office Depot will be opening a store in this new shopping complex.

Construction time is around 9 months and the new store should be open by summer 2009.

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1 Lori October 13, 2008 at 8:29 am

J, I would think that this area of PCB would be great for more permanent single family homes and shopping outlets. I know that condo living is also very attractive to retirees who prefer to leave the groundskeeping to others. Either way, I agree. These everyday living venues, apart form tourist attractions, is a good sign that PCB has it’s eyes open to a broader picture. Whether folks are retiring or wanting to bring up their families, in a normal, more affordable neighborhood, this will benefit our beach community. This is a good sign and message to the reviewers of beaches, that PCB has more to offer than just college revelries in March.


2 Mike October 13, 2008 at 2:04 pm

what is going to happen to the old Publix on middle beach road? I hope it doesn’t become an eyesore…


3 Phillip October 13, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Does anybody happen to know what they will be doing with the old Publix on Beckrich and Middle Beach Road?


4 jamnolfin October 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Good to hear about the Office Depot. I asked the owner of Salvatores Pizza in the Publix Center about the building. He said he just signed a new contract for his restaurant and he had heard rumors from the owners that they had talks with Stein mart about moving there. Just a rumor though, so ladies dont get too excited.