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The first customers at the new Longboat Key Publix head through the doors at 8 a.m.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | The first customers at the new Longboat Key Publix head through the doors at 8 a.m.

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Longboat Key resident Michele Toussaint joined the staff of the new store’s event-planning center.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Longboat Key resident Michele Toussaint joined the staff of the new store’s event-planning center.

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Publix associates Yani Temenos and Tim Sabo prepare the first Apron’s Simple Meal selection of praline French toast.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Publix associates Yani Temenos and Tim Sabo prepare the first Apron’s Simple Meal selection of praline French toast.

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Joan Sinder, the first customer to walk through the doors of the new Publix, put bread in her cart before stocking up on orange juice.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Joan Sinder, the first customer to walk through the doors of the new Publix, put bread in her cart before stocking up on orange juice.

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Jimmy Seaton Jr., Jimmy Seaton Sr. and former mayor Ron Johnson await the store's opening shortly before 8 a.m.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Jimmy Seaton Jr., Jimmy Seaton Sr. and former mayor Ron Johnson await the store's opening shortly before 8 a.m.

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The new store offers an olive bar, located near the wine and cheese sections.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | The new store offers an olive bar, located near the wine and cheese sections.

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Barbara Kucharski entered her name in the raffle to win a Boar’s Head basket.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Barbara Kucharski entered her name in the raffle to win a Boar’s Head basket.

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Tina Nohmer, a 28-year Publix associate, cut the ribbon to celebrate the new store’s opening.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Tina Nohmer, a 28-year Publix associate, cut the ribbon to celebrate the new store’s opening.

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Store manager Andy Lappin greets Joan Sinder, who was the first customer to walk through Publix doors.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Store manager Andy Lappin greets Joan Sinder, who was the first customer to walk through Publix doors.

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Stuart and Joy Kramer and Joan Jordan with their purchases on opening day. They bought fruit, yogurt and toothpaste but plan to return for more.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Stuart and Joy Kramer and Joan Jordan with their purchases on opening day. They bought fruit, yogurt and toothpaste but plan to return for more.

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The new store offers a hot bar, along with a salad bar. Items are priced at $7.99 per pound.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | The new store offers a hot bar, along with a salad bar. Items are priced at $7.99 per pound.

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Bob Finger won a keychain after spinning the prize wheel on opening day.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Bob Finger won a keychain after spinning the prize wheel on opening day.

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Debbie Duncan with Fanny Younger and Commissioner Phill Younger
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Debbie Duncan with Fanny Younger and Commissioner Phill Younger

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Jack Brill and his daughter, Vickie Brill, were the first Salvation Army bell ringers at the new store.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Jack Brill and his daughter, Vickie Brill, were the first Salvation Army bell ringers at the new store.

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Customers entered a raffle for Boars Head gift baskets outside of the store.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Customers entered a raffle for Boars Head gift baskets outside of the store.

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Sally Thomas provides Bunny Herman with a cinnamon bread sample.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Publix opens

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Sally Thomas provides Bunny Herman with a cinnamon bread sample.

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