Publix Supermarkets — Palm Beach
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Client: Publix Supermarkets
Architect: Fisher and Associates, LLC
Publix Super Markets, Inc., a large grocery store chain in the southeast, selected Moss & Associates to demolish and redevelop its 40-year-old existing store located in the exclusive Town of Palm Beach. The store’s interior is similar to Publix’s 45,000 SF prototype floor plan; however, the exterior boasts elegant architectural elements such as “acid wash” precast stone, terracotta-blend clay barrel roof tiles, aluminum-clad windows, French doors, wrought-iron grilles and scroll medallions. In addition, the landscape design features plush, mature hedges and a covered facade with walkways featuring Dominican coral pavers, architectural stone columns, decorative lights and chandeliers hanging below cypress wood ceilings. Ornamental gates were also utilized to screen customer visibility to the store’s daily delivery operations.
Given an eight-month time frame for construction, Moss began select demolition activities after the 2011 Easter holiday and needed to have the store reopen before the Christmas holiday. In addition, restrictive working hours and noise ordinances proved challenging to the already aggressive construction schedule. Moss’ onsite management team analyzed the project’s critical components to formulate a specific and concise schedule. Moss also initiated a collaborative community outreach program that emphasized constant communication to keep town officials, neighboring residents and business owners informed of daily and weekly construction activities. The proactive communication and comprehensive pre-planning allowed for coordination with the community, and also with subcontractors and vendors. The team’s collaborative retail experience proved to be instrumental to the project’s success. The majority of the project was completed in a little over six months, with the Moss team finishing the project three weeks ahead of schedule.