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Durham council denies Publix rezoning proposal

Posted June 6

Publix Apex store front

— The Durham city council voted early Tuesday morning to deny the rezoning proposal that would have paved the way for a new Publix in the city.

The plot proposed for rezoning was at the corner of Guess and Latta roads on Durham's north side. In a 2-11 vote in February, the city's planning commission sent the proposal to the council without a favorable recommendation.

Discussion at Monday's meeting began around 10:30 p.m. More than 40 people signed up to speak at the meeting, which continued past midnight.

Durham meets over concern for placement of new Publix

In a 6-1 vote around 12:45 a.m., the council denied the rezoning proposal.

Opponents of the proposed development said there wasn't enough space at that intersection to handle the traffic it would bring.

A Publix spokeswoman said the 45,000-square-foot store would hire 140 employees.


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  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 6, 7:09 p.m.
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    bad move to say 'NO' to jobs but the anti-job pro-govt dependence people do what they feel they gotta do

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 6, 2:16 p.m.
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    Wakefield Raleigh area did the same thing. Short sighted if you ask me as probably something worse will be built there in the future....

  • David Clevenger Jun 6, 11:06 a.m.
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    Maybe Publix will build a bit further out like near Bahama on Roxboro rd. If they do I hope none of these people complaining about it decide to shop there and they continue to shop at the 40 year old grocery stores in Durham with their body armor on..

  • Tom Harris Jun 6, 10:36 a.m.
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    Sad to hear of such a short-sighted decision. I have been waiting for years for a Publix to locate here. They are an excellent store.

  • David Clevenger Jun 6, 9:58 a.m.
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    Good job Durham, lets keep it dirty. No need to bring new shopping areas and restaurants to the area. I enjoy dodging bullets a bit further down Guess road while I shop. Keeps me in shape in case the world ends.

  • Eric Davis Jun 6, 9:50 a.m.
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    I'm surprised at there decision. Although pleased at it with the current traffic situation in that area. Latta Rd needs major upgrades to handle a development of that size.

  • Susan Mencer Jun 6, 7:09 a.m.
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    That is a lot of jobs to throw away. Does Durham realize how popular Publix grocery stores are? I wish we had one in my area.

  • Kelly Thornburg Jun 6, 6:45 a.m.
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    Just bulldoze Northgate. Put a Publix, Target, etc and the rest will redevelop on its own.

  • Kiara Babel Jun 6, 5:23 a.m.
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    Good job Durham. Turn jobs away let's keep these people on welfare..