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Publix Doubles Spending on Lakeland HQ Expansion to $65 Million

Publix Doubles Spending on Lakeland HQ Expansion to $65 Million


LAKELAND, FL
Friday, May 17th, 2019

Rumors began swirling, late last year, that Publix could be expanding its Lakeland headquarters (as reported by our sister publication AndNowUKnow). And now, it appears the Florida-based retailer finally disclosed that it indeed has plans of transforming its headquarters.

The retailer’s HQ is transforming from Dr. Banner to full-on Hulk, so to speak. According to News Chief, records show that the company has increased its HQ spending from $28 million to $65 million to cover the costs of a 190,000-square-foot expansion.

Chris Mesa, Director of Tax and Treasury, Publix“The increase in costs are due to approximately 30,000 square feet of necessary building space to accommodate our projected job growth, construction and equipment cost inflation, and finished interior costs,” Chris Mesa, Director of Tax and Treasury for the retailer, said, as the news source reported. “[…] this project is in the final stages of planning and design.”

Records show that the company has increased its HQ spending from $28 million to $65 million to cover the costs of a 190,000-square-foot expansion

Publix plans to begin construction on the 190,000-square-foot HQ addition in the fall of 2019. This plan also includes the retailer purchasing $13 million-worth of office equipment and $6 million-worth of computer equipment in 2020.

Todd Jones, CEO and President, PublixTodd Jones, CEO and President, disclosed that the current headquarters, which opened in the early 2000s, is built for 1,200 employees—and the company has outgrown the campus over the course of nearly two decades. The expansion is expected to create 700 additional jobs.

News Chief also noted that because the addition is larger than expected, Publix is in the running to receive a larger tax break. Originally, Publix was set to receive an estimated $163,208 each year for ten years.

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