TAMPA -- People have been waiting for this!
Friday, construction crews broke ground on a downtown Tampa Publix.
It's between Twiggs and East Madison streets.
It will adjoin to a new 22-story residential tower.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn says this is just the latest example of how downtown is exploding with new development, including several apartment and condo buildings.
"This is a part of a huge boom. Over the next 18-24 months there is an anticipated to be more than 4,000 new residential units built in downtown Tampa. Tampa is alive, it's vibrant and one of the hottest real estate markets in America. Young people are flocking here and they're telling us they want amenities like grocery stores within walking distance," Buckhorn explained.
Now that construction is underway, Publix employees tell us the store is expected to open in about 6 months.
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