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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Bring Trader Joe’s, more Publix stores to Ocala/Marion County

Two readers submitted letters to Ocala-News.com to discuss the grocery stores that they would like to see in Ocala/Marion County.

“In response to the recent letters regarding grocery stores, it would be nice to have a Trader Joe’s in Ocala. Currently, we have to travel 45 minutes to Gainesville to shop at Trader Joe’s. They have a different selection of foods at good prices. I have seen a couple of abandoned store buildings that would work nicely,” says Ocala resident Richard Bolinder.

“I agree with another poster. We are at 314A and Highway 40. Only one small Winn-Dixie with no real choice of fresh produce or a real bakery forces all of us residents here to travel quite a distance to go to Publix, a more favored grocery store. We get three dollar stores and one Winn-Dixie. More families have moved to this area and the lack of choice is super inconvenient. We definitely need a Publix in our community,” says Hanneke Wasserman, Silver Springs resident.