Drive around historic downtown Zephyrhills on any day, and you quickly understand the town's idyllic appeal. Friends young and old chat on sidewalks outside the town's quaint, locally-owned shops and restaurants. On weekends, community events lure residents to the downtown area for a plethora of family-friendly events.
Turn north on Gall Boulevard-U.S. 301, which bisects Zephyrhills, and you roll past dozens of thriving local businesses. You pass the sprawling grounds of Florida Medical Clinic, as well as the scenic campus housing Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Within minutes, both sides of the road are highlighted by modern shopping plazas with a healthy mix of national chain retailers and bustling local businesses.
The healthcare industry thrives in Zephyrhills, employing doctors and medical staff of all specialties and offering state-of-the-art medical and health services. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Medical Clinic, Pasco Regional Medical Center and Tampa Bay Cancer Center provide vital medical services to the region while a number of smaller specialized medical and healthcare services attract patients both locally, regionally and from out of state to the area for quality care.
A map of the area shows that Zephyrhills is framed by major transportation arteries. To the west and south are Interstate 75, Interstate 275, U.S. 301 and Interstate 4. The CSX Railroad runs just east of town, while the Port of Tampa, Florida's largest port, is about 45 minutes southwest.
Zephyrhills' location in east Pasco puts it within easy driving distance of major cities, international airports and major theme parks -- and just over an hour from the white, sandy beaches and pristine waters that have lured tourists to Florida for decades.
Moreover, Zephyrhills' existing industrial corridor and strategic location make the small city a potentially major player in the Tampa Bay region's pursuit of new, expanding and relocating industries.
Those businesses may consider Zephyrhills' potential by the local and international businesses that have thrived here.
Nestle Waters North America, which produces the popular Zephyrhills Water has thrived since opening a plant in Zephyrhills; Goin' Postal, a low-cost shipping and postal store that started with a single storefront in Zephyrhills in 2002, now has more than 300 locations around the country; and Zeagle Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of scuba diving equipment has grown into a global business since opening just outside Zephyrhills in 1979. CF Industries, a global distributor of fertilizer, transports directly to the Port of Tampa via CSX railway from its processing plant located just 15 minutes south of the city on USHwy39.