Publix to Open at Westlake Master-Planned Community in Palm Beach County

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A Publix supermarket is coming to Westlake, a massive, master-planned community in the western corner of Palm Beach County. 

The grocer purchased a vacant, 20-acre parcel at 5075 Seminole Pratt Whitney for $9.1 million, according to property records. Minto Communities, the master developer behind the project, confirmed the deal in a press release.

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The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain received city approval to develop a 140,000-square-foot open-air plaza, the release added. Separately, developer Konover South is in contract to purchase 7 acres adjacent to the new Publix site, with plans to develop a 16,450-square-foot shopping center.

Located near the Everglades National Park, Westlake covers 3,800 acres and has approvals to build 4,500 homes. In 2019, Kolter Homes bought 270 acres for $52 million, The Real Deal reported. Later this summer, Minto will launch sales for the project’s fourth neighborhood, which holds 76 homes ranging between $500,000 and $800,000. 

Other developments in the pipeline include an office building for the Palm Beach County’s constitutional tax collector, which is scheduled to open later this year; a 107,290-square-foot self-storage facility; a medical campus; a church; and a sports center. 

Since 1978, Minto has built more than 28,000 homes in 48 communities across the U.S. and Canada, the company says. As of July 2021, its investment portfolio spans $4.1 billion.