Florida Publix grocery stores closing early due to Hurricane Ian

As Hurricane Ian continued to intensify on Wednesday, Publix announced that its grocery stores in Central Florida would close at noon, rather than 6 p.m. Stores were also expected to be closed on Thursday, Sept. 29.

In a news release, Publix said it anticipated reopening its stores on Friday.

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Publix said its stores would be closed in the following counties:

  • Sumter
  • Orange
  • Lake (, 717 N 14th Street, Leesburg, and 1120 Bichara Blvd., The Villages)
  • Citrus
  • Seminole
  • Marion
  • Osceola
  • Volusia

Officials anticipate the stores will reopen on Friday, Sept. 30. 

"Please keep in mind, hours may be adjusted, and the status of individual stores is subject to change based on Hurricane Ian’s track and projected impacts. As always, our priority remains on the safety of our associates, customers and communities," Herrings said in a statement. 

Winn-Dixie also closed some of its stores in Florida. You can see full list of locations, here.