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    Publix to Open Two More Sabor Units in Miami

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- Building on the success of the Hispanic-centric format it introduced last spring, Publix Super Markets here is planning to open two additional Sabor units in Miami. The move will boost the Publix Sabor count to four.

    LAKELAND, Fla. – Building on the success of the Hispanic-centric format it introduced last spring, Publix Super Markets here is planning to open two additional Sabor units in Miami. The move will boost the Publix Sabor count to four.

    The first of the latest Sabor stores will be a remodel of an existing Publix in Miami's Flagler Park Plaza, spokeswoman Maria Brous told Progressive Grocer. At 55,000 square feet, it will be a slightly smaller version of the 61,000-square-foot Miami Sabor unit Publix opened last year in the suburb of Hialeah. The store will remain open during remodeling, said Brous.

    Amenities that will be added to the Flagler Park Plaza store include a juice bar, jewelry and fragrance store, extensive hot foods, and a café with seating.

    The other new Sabor unit will come from either an existing supermarket (not a Publix) or a ground-up construction. Publix is not releasing details at this time, as there is no contract or signed deal as of yet, said Brous. The unit will be in Miami proper.

    Publix first introduced the Sabor format last April in Kissimmee, Fla., a suburb of Orlando. The 40,000-square-foot unit was converted from a Publix store that originally opened on Nov. 16, 1989.

    Publix Sabor stores feature bilingual signage and bilingual associates, as well as an extensive Hispanic product mix catered to the neighborhoods they serve.
    --Jenny McTaggart

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