New stores and restaurants are springing up on the county’s west side, and at least two retailers are looking for employees to staff their establishments. Here’s a look at some of what’s coming:


A new Save-A-Lot will share space with the recently opened Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in the former Sweetbay grocery

store in Homosassa Square, at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Yulee Drive.

“We are tentatively looking at June 28 (to open),” said Roy Seepersaud, owner and licensed operator of the new Save-A-Lot.

Seepersaud said he will need to hire about 20 people for the opening. He’s looking for cashiers, an assistant meat cutter, produce assistant and assistant store managers. Those interested can call 407-360-4656 or send a resume to

Colin Campbell, president of Campbell Real Estate and the shopping center’s leasing agent, said the new 15,000-square-foot Save-A-lot will be more upscale, with open ceilings, upgraded flooring, newer frozen food cases and LED lighting.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits 

Work crews will eventually bulldoze the ABC building at 822 U.S. 19 in Crystal River and move into a new, larger facility directly in back. The new building is currently under construction.

Once built, the new ABC will feature a more upscale design, with color-coded departments. There will be a more open-store layout, allowing customers to see the whole store from any location.

A walk-in humidor will have hand-rolled cigars from around the world. Guests will be able to sample beers and wines.

The current store will remain open during construction and right up until the other opens. Morgan Shepard, a spokeswoman with the chain, said the new store should open in August.

“Over the course of the past few years, ABC has been modernizing its stores across the state to enhance the guest experience and increase energy efficiency,” Shepard said. “The ABC team has been planning on building a new store in Crystal River for awhile and the timing couldn’t be better.”

Shepard said ABC has already started hiring for the opening and there remain two openings to fill.

Taco Bell

The sign proclaiming Taco Bell is coming soon to Homosassa has been there over a year, but another sign has joined it, this one saying the fast food chain is now accepting management applications. The restaurant is planned for the east side of U.S. 19, just north of West Homosassa Trail — almost directly across from McDonald’s.

Jessica Leuzzi, office manager for Taco Bell, said the chain anticipates breaking ground in October or November. The restaurant wants to get management hired and trained, she said. For more information about the positions, call 800-749-9735, ext. 114.

Ed Dickinson, president-broker for Walter Dickinson of Tampa Bay Inc., said recently there were some permitting and access issues with the county — which included completion of a paved stub-out that would allow customers to access the restaurant through the Dollar General parking lot.

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

The Dairy Queen Grill & Chill at 727 U.S. 19 in Crystal River is getting some exterior upgrades.

Stefan Baron, director of sales with Sarasota-based Firmo Construction, said there will be some parking lot improvements, some new facade work and a new dumpster enclosure. No interior changes are slated during this first phase of work, Baron said.

Baron said work should wrap up in about two weeks.

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