Emily’s era ends after 30 years

The old Emily's Family Restaurant at the corner of U.S. 19 and West Cardinal Street is slated to come down Wednesday to make way for a new 7-Eleven.

The old Emily’s Restaurant in Homosassa is scheduled to come down Wednesday so construction can begin on Citrus County’s newest (and only) 7-Eleven.

The gas station-convenience store should be open by the end of November, said Alex Scalzo, project manager with Cape Coral-based Creighton Construction.

The new 7-Eleven will be 3,109 square feet, with six gas pumps and a car wash.

Scalzo said the Florida Department of Transportation gave its permission for intersection improvements, including a new right-turn lane off U.S. 19 into the store. There will also be improved access off West Cardinal into the store.

Scalzo said he’s been given 90-120 days to finish construction so things will move fast. The Homosassa store will sit on 1 acre and feature a modern stone exterior.

“It’s a nice-looking site,” he said.

The chain plans to build another 7-Eleven about 2 1/2 miles south at 9335 U.S. 19, just north of the Publix-anchored Shoppes of Sugarmill Woods. No timetable has been announced for that store, which will be owned by a different franchisee.


Meanwhile, McDonald’s is moving forward with plans to build a restaurant on the northwest corner of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, next to Dollar General.

The chain resubmitted to the county a site plan that still needs to be approved by the county engineering department, according to Land Development Director Joanna Coutu. All other divisions have already signed off on it and recommended approval.

It also needs to turn in building plans before construction can begin.

County Economic Development Director Bruce Register said recently chains are positioning themselves for expected growth from the Suncoast Parkway expansion.

West Cardinal Street will have an interchange for drivers to get on and off the parkway. U.S. 98 is also getting major upgrades where the parkway now ends. The toll road is being extended to State Road 44.

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(2) comments


Another nail in the coffin for the Nature Coast. Thank you commissioners for another job not well done.


Can’t wait for the Cracker Barrel to come.

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