Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Clermont Florida Publix before & after

(Image courtesy Pleasant Family Shopping)

Image courtesy "Images of America Clermont, Doris Bloodsworth" & South Lake Chamber of Commerce.) 
Publix Markets built this 51 x 111 foot store on the southeast corner of Seventh & Montrose Streets in 1948. (They had been at 757 Montrose Street, the current location of Hank's Electric.

Minus the green awning and the stone, probably added in the 1970s, I can see some Publix architectural influence in this building; especially in the slanted glass windows.

 This was the second Publix supermarket in existence, the first being in Lakeland Fl.) They stayed at this location until the new bigger building was built in 1948, and remained there for 18 years until the new South Lake Plaza opened in 1965. Upon completion of the plaza, this building was donated by George Jenkins, founder of Publix, as a civic auditorium. Chamber of commerce offices were added as well an unfortunate significant remodel stripping the building of its art deco facade. The formal dedication for the new Jenkins Civic Auditorium named for Mr. Jenkins, took place on November 26, 1966. Governor LeRoy Collins and George Jenkins were guests of honor. (Much of this info is courtesy of "Clermont Gem of the Hills a History of Clermont, Florida, and Neighboring Communities, Miriam W. Johnson & Rosemary Y. Young".)  


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