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•  The Tampa Beacon reports that Publix has opened a new store in Wesley Chapel, Florida, that is described, at 55,701-square-feet, as "larger than your regular Publix and offers the usual offerings of dairy, frozen food, seafood, meat and fresh produce familiar to loyal customers, as well as a full-service bakery, deli and pharmacy."

But it also offers "a deli area that offers an expansive selection of Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, and other handcrafted old-world delicacies … Similar to what higher-scale groceries like Whole Foods and Sprouts already offers, there is also a salad bar, a hot food buffet that, on the day we visited, featured things like rice pilaf, creamy potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts … The deli area also has a food island where customers can purchase fresh pizza, burritos and bowls, and tacos, nachos and enchiladas, to name a few.

There is an olive bar and a popcorn stand, as well … The Publix scratch bakery is larger, with many items in self-serve displays (like doughnuts) and a wide array of various breads, cakes and decadent desserts … The meat and seafood departments have larger displays — especially the meat — with fresh offerings if you’re not interested in a prepackaged purchase … The Pours area will be one of the most popular attractions, with a seating area, or bar, and a selection of drinks to sip on while you relax or shop … (and) it has locally roasted coffee, as well as caffeinated specialties like café con leche, lattes and cappuccinos as well as tea. There is cold brew coffee, craft sodas, wine, beer and kombucha on tap, and acai bowls and smoothies."