Publix to buy the Old Time Pottery property in Destin

During the Destin City Council meeting on Monday night, Mayor Gary Jarvis announced that Publix is set to purchase the Old Time Pottery property.

  • Back in January, the council voted to look into purchasing the property to expand the city’s recreation.

“Publix bought the land and they have hired a development team in Atlanta that normally does their work,” said Mayor Jarvis to council. “I haven’t had a personal face-to-face meeting with a representative of Publix.”

  • According to Councilman Kevin Schmidt, Publix has had a preliminary meeting with city staff.

“We are under the assumption that they’re going to need about 6-9 acres of that 21 acres for their retail,” added Mayor Jarvis. “We do believe that they’re going to scrape and rebuild so it’s not a renovation.”

While the city was unable to purchase the property, there is still a possibility of working with Publix on what could become a City Center on the remaining portions of the property.

This center could house:

  • A new community center
  • Expanded athletic complex
  • Multi-use event center

As of right now, nothing has been discussed with Publix regarding a City Center. There have been no timelines given as to when construction on the property would begin for the new store.

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