A grocery store in downtown Tampa has been rumored for months, but it's finally going to happen.


Publix has confirmed with Action News it has started the process to build a brand new grocery store in the Channelside district.


“To say that we’re excited for the prospect of having Publix in Channel District would be an understatement,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. 


Publix released the following statement to Action News.


"Publix is excited about the opportunity to serve the Channel District community. We are diligently working with our developer, Mercury Advisors, the city and the Mayor to make this project a reality.”


Besides the convenience, having a grocery store in the area will likely draw more residents and retailers -- a main goal of Tampa's vision for the future.


“Publix’s commitment to community service as well as their embrace of diversity is exactly what this City was built on. We look forward to working diligently with the team at Publix to make this project a reality and complete yet another piece of the puzzle towards Tampa’s renaissance,” Buckhorn added.


The Publix statement went on to say the final contracts and the permitting process is still being worked on, but the company is confident that all parties want to see the successful completion of this project. 


The new store will be built at E. Twiggs and Meridian.


Our partners at the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports the new store will be 38,233 square feet with rooftop parking.