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Places This Week: Publix buys property surrounding St. Pete plaza

Veronica Brezina



The Publix-anchored shopping plaza at University Village in St. Pete. GoogleMaps.

The Lakeland-based grocer giant Publix Supermarkets acquired parcels surrounding a plaza that a Publix store currently anchors. A popular boat dealer buys over 121,000-square-feet of warehouse space. 

Here’s this week’s roundup of local real estate deals: 


Publix buys surrounding properties for $27.55 million 

Grocer giant Publix Supermarkets is scooping up parcels of property surrounding the existing plaza in the University Village shopping center at 250 3rd St. S. that Publix anchors.

The Publix-anchored shopping plaza at University Village in St. Pete. GoogleMaps.


The Lakeland-based grocer acquired the properties from North Carolina-based asset management firm Bell Partners in a $27.55 million deal under the entity Real Sub LLC. 

The parcels purchased include the 14,762-square-foot building that is occupied by CVS on 301 3rd St. S. and parcels that are designated for commercial use. 

While the property appraiser’s site indicates the parcels are vacant, the properties acquired include parcels American Spirits & Fine Wines and Subway are utilizing. 

Publix’s other nearby supermarkets are located at 3700 4th St. N., 725 1st Ave. S., 200 37th Ave. N. and 1700 34th St. N. 


Boat dealer buys massive warehouse space 

Texas-based Goodman Distribution Inc. has sold its 121,360-square-foot warehouse space in Pinellas Park in a $4.2 million deal. 

Goodman, which specializes in heating appliances, sold the warehouse at 13200 Automobile Blvd. to Pro Marine USA. 

Pro Marine USA is a boat dealer in St. Petersburg. The dealership sells new and used fishing boats, bay boats, and marine electronics as well as boat repairs. 

The boat dealer’s current location is near John’s Pass. 

The property sale includes an 81,360-square-foot building and a 40,000-square-foot building. 


Well-known Scientologist and real estate developer sells Clearwater property

Scientologist and real estate developer Shahab Emrani, who is on the Clearwater Downtown Development Board, sold his property on Seminole Street for $1.45 million. 

The parcel does not have an exact street address; however, it is on the corner of N. Garden Ave. and Seminole Street, and is near the Seminole Boat Ramp. 

The property on the corner of Seminole Street and N. Garden Ave. GoogleMaps.

Together, Shahab and Catherine Emrani manage companies that purchased four commercial buildings, retail space in a condo and vacant land.


1918 home in a historical neighborhood is sold 

The home that was built in 1918 on a half-acre corner lot in the Harbor Oaks neighborhood has a new owner. 

Christopher Stone sold the four-bedroom home at 322 Magnolia Dr. in a $2.15 million deal to Joseph and Diane Gobo. 

The home at 322 Manolia Drive.

Stone purchased the 4,596-square-foot home in 2014 and renovated the property with new drywall , insulation, plumbing and electric, and remodeled the kitchen. 

The china cabinet and banquet are original. Other renovations include a new roof, impact windows and lighting.

The master bedroom is huge with a private terrace. 

Outside, there is a pool and a detached two-car garage that has a one-bedroom apartment.  


Waterfront Treasure Island property hits the market 

Waterfront property that encompasses two-thirds of an acre on Treasure Island has been listed. 

The property is located at 8541 W. Gulf Blvd.

The asking price for the property located at 8541 W. Gulf Blvd. is roughly $3.9 million. 

The property is directly across the street from the beach, according to SeaSalt Properties’ listing. 

The site could be used to develop multiple houses, condo units or townhomes.

“Expect sales of completed units totaling roughly $14 million or produce net rental income of at least $800,000 annually,” the advertisement reads. 


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