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WRAL SmartShopper

Proposed North Raleigh Publix may be scaled-down

Posted January 26, 2015


The proposed North Raleigh Publix at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Dunn Roads may be cut in half, according to the Raleigh Mayor. In a story from Julia Sims, with WRAL, the Mayor indicated that she expected to see a smaller plan for a 28,000-square-foot store later this week.  The original plan included a proposed 49,000 square foot Publix as well as additional stores and a bank. 

Residents of the nearby neighborhoods have argued that the increased traffic and environmental impact of a shopping center in this area would be unacceptable.

You can see more on this story in the link above.

Do you live in this area? What do you think about a Publix at this location?



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  • sarahoconnor Jan 27, 2015

    Realstory, we don't want a "scaled back" version! We simply want them to keep it zoned for what it is currently zoned for. Why should it be okay to change zoning to build a grocery store that will cause unbelievable headaches in an already congested area when there are already too many grocery stores? If you drive past our area during the morning or afternoon commute, you will understand. Trust me, we don't like to complain. We just don't want unnecessary development.

  • wral suks bauls Jan 27, 2015

    People just love to complain. Why would you want a "scaled back" version anyway? When you buy a home in a urban, busy area - that's what you should expect - new businesses, traffic, etc. If you don't want to deal with that, move to a rural area. There's plenty of that.

  • sarahoconnor Jan 26, 2015

    I live in the neighborhood on the corner that the proposed Publix site is. We have been actively fighting the re-zoning since it was proposed. We are not anti-Publix at all, we are anti-rezoning! This area is and has been zoned for "light commercial". We bought our houses with this understanding. They are trying to re-zone it to build a grocery store. Even the scaled back version does not fit in with current zoning. We are also bothered by the fact that we have so many grocery stores nearby. We simply do not need another one! There is a vacant grocery store just miles up the road where the Kroger at Wakefield used to be. Obviously, I feel very strongly about this issue. We are pleased that they have scaled back their plans, but we still have a fight ahead of us.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 26, 2015

    jdouglas13 - YES to Clayton!

    luvstoQ - I am sure the larger store is nicer. The one in Cary is fully loaded and fabulous! If it makes you feel any better, I am willing to bet you get a Publix LONG before JoCo is ever considered. :-)

  • luvstoQ Jan 26, 2015

    Not everyone in N. Raleigh is against having a nice large Publix - more competition in my book!! I live north of there and it's just the N.I.M.B.Y.S in the subdivisions of Bedford, Falls River and probably HT (?) which has a large store on the next corner south of there - Durant/Falls of Neuse. Hope they don't build a scaled down version there - would rather they find another site - have heard the smaller stores are very frustrating - would not help their image out at all - most of us would just continue going to the huge HT there - they have 'everything'!!

    Personally, I just would like the choice, and choose where to shop.

  • jdouglas13 Jan 26, 2015

    Maybe they should just skip Raleigh altogether and just come to Clayton! ;) We have lots of space for big stores.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 26, 2015

    RFB - Good point. Maybe they are worried that too many people will travel far and wide to get to the Publix.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jan 26, 2015

    I would be thrilled with the full size. I'm really confused about the increased traffic debate. In my experience, people typically don't travel more than 5-10 miles for groceries (example: I haven't been to Earth Fare for months because they are 18 min. from me, even though I love it). I think it's really just going to be the same people at the same N. Raleigh stores switching it up a bit between Harris Teeter, Fresh Market and Publix.