Published: Dec 06, 2012 11:08 PM EST
Updated: Dec 06, 2012 11:11 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla.-A brand new Publix is now open in Naples Plaza after a major renovation. It's located right off U.S. 41 and Golden Gate Parkway.

The old store was demolished this spring and rebuilt with many new features and a larger focus on organic foods.

Thousands turned out for the stores grand opening on Thursday.

"It's much better than it used to be and they've really gone all out to have a grand opening, giving away free samples and there's lots for sale. It was really quite an experience," Publix customer Whitney Smith said.

Some of the new features include a gelato counter, a salad bar, and cheese shop.