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Who is the mystery tenant reportedly going into the Inverness Regional Shopping Center? Stay tuned.


I covered the restaurant comings and goings in last week’s — the Aug. 11 — Business section, and opted to do a bonus column this Sunday to cover the rest of the happenings.

There’s just too much going on in Citrus County to wait another month.

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But first, an update on what may or may not be coming to the Inverness Regional Shopping Center off U.S. 41.

For two months, the Chronicle reported that a major national chain planned to move into the old Publix space. However, the property management company would not release names.

I have since reached out to company representatives, who say a lease is forth-coming and the identity of the chain will be named.

I am expecting an announcement on the mystery tenant soon, so keep reading the Chronicle.

Now, let’s check out the new stuff.


Land clearing has started on the new 7-Eleven going up at 1007 U.S. 41 North, the site of the old Bank of America in Inverness.

The chain is making a major push into Citrus County. This is the third location — the other two are along U.S. 19 in Homosassa.

The Inverness 7-Eleven will have a gas station, convenience store and car wash.


The Family Dollar at 6440 State Road 44 in Crystal River recently celebrated the renovated store’s grand re-opening.

And here’s a twist: The store now has Dollar Tree merchandise as well.

That comes as no surprise because Dollar Tree bought Family Dollar in 2015. And earlier this year, Dollar Tree announced it was closing about 400 stores nationwide.

“Family Dollar is proud to be a part of the Crystal River community and we are excited to welcome existing and new customers to our newly renovated store,” said Family Dollar spokesman Jim Van Slyke.

The Crystal River store employs six to 10 people.


Shoppes at Sugarmill Woods will get a new nail salon starting in September.

Kevin Thai is the owner of NailBar 98, located near the Subway just to the north of Publix.

The place will feature the usual assortment of products and services, including manicures, pedicures, dipping powder, gel polish and artificial nails.

Thai said his place will be open to men, women and children and he’s fortunate to locate at the plaza by U.S. 98 and U.S.19.

“It’s the nicest plaza in the county,” he said.


The Glass Garage in Homosassa has moved to 652 N. Citrus Ave. in Crystal River and changed its name to Coastal Art Gallery.

Displaying their handcrafted pieces and working in the new gallery include Louise Whitney, stained- and fused-glass artist; Lori LeNoir, fused-glass artist; Martha Amm Brunsink and Alicia Lowe, potters.

The Heritage Village area now has over 40 local artists represented in three galleries: Coastal Art Gallery, the Franklin Anderson Gallery of Arts and Glass Werx.

Potter Alicia Lowe calls it “the largest gathering of local artists on the Nature Coast.”


Two businesses in the Publix-anchored Springs Plaza — off U.S. 19 just before Homosassa Trail — have relocated.

The first is Tobacco Depot, which recently moved within walking distance just north to 3764 U.S. 19, in the Winn-Dixie-anchored plaza.

The H&R Block moved even closer — the south end of the same plaza at 3948 U.S. 19, next to Publix.


And to end our column this month comes news of a coin-operated laundry opened at 648 SE U.S. 19, in the Crystal Center shopping plaza in Crystal River.

Spin Cycle Laundromats is in the same plaza as Harbor Freight Tools.

I won’t stoop so low as to suggest you give it a spin.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or

(2) comments

CitrusCo Citizen

Hmm gas stations, car washes, dollar stores, a nail salon, tobacco store, and other low wage-earning, unimportant, and even unhealthy businesses. So much for the Nature Coast. Say hello to the Convenient Store Coast.


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