Imagine you’re the manager of a Publix store. It’s opening day, the celebration begins, and shortly thereafter, a heavy thunderstorm comes through and floods your underground parking facility.
Welcome to Florida.
Just a few hours after a grand opening event for the new San Marco Publix, heavy rain and wind blew through Jacksonville Thursday afternoon — creating standing water in the parking garage below the store.
Obviously, this isn’t Publix fault; it’s just bad luck.
The San Marco area is prone to flooding, as locals know too well, so some shoppers said they are shocked that a better design wasn’t put in place to stop this from happening.
The new store, located at the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue near San Marco Square, is in Evacuation Zone B – a flood hazard area.
The good news is Publix made a killing by charging the customers for using their swimming pool.