Publix plan for Raleigh cut in half

Posted January 26, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015

— Pressure from north Raleigh neighbors has the developer of a Publix grocery store planning to submit a scaled-down plan to City Council this week, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said.

Charlotte-based Morgan Property Group proposed a 49,000-square-foot supermarket at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads. McFarlane said she expected to see a plan for a 29,000-square-foot store later this week.

She did not say whether Publix was still on board with the plan or whether Morgan would build the site for another grocer.

Publix, which opened its first Triangle-area store in Cary in October, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Morgan asked the city in 2013 to rezone the 12-acre site, north of Interstate 540, to allow construction of a Publix, several smaller stores and a bank.

Since that time, residents have pushed back, with community meetings and more than 3,300 signing petitions, arguing against the crowding, traffic and environmental impact a strip mall would have in their residential area.

Some opponents said Monday that they are still unhappy about the proposed development, because the land is zoned for office use and they want it to stay that way.

"Cutting the plan in half is still not building to the current zoning," homeowner Vicki Crenshaw said.

The North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners on Monday also sent out an email to members, pledging to fight any rezoning changes.

Not everyone is against a shopping center. Tony Allen moved to the area from Florida, where Publix is based.

"To me, it's the cleanest, nicest, most complete grocery store that I've ever been in," he said.


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  • allenmga Jan 27, 2015

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    Yeah I'm sure they're chomping at the bit to buy out the building that Kroger failed in. It was a money pit. Why would anyone invest in it again?

  • Todd Jenkins Jan 26, 2015
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    We still got the best and biggest in Cary

  • NC_Beach_n_Mtn_guy Jan 26, 2015

    We shop in Publix while in Florida and they have nice clean well stocked stores. Food Lion needs some competition since their prices have sky rocketed in the past few years.

  • MyNameIsMud Jan 26, 2015

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    There is plenty of vacant space there in an already established commercial area and this is not far from the property being debated. I doubt Publix would see a difference in customers by locating to this area and it is capable of handling the traffic volume since it is 4-lane in all directions.

  • MyNameIsMud Jan 26, 2015

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    It's a change-the-rules deal from Charlotte developers to cram a large box store on property previously agreed upon for low-impact small commercial development for the sole purpose of mooching customers from well-established nearby grocery stores to gain market share in Wake County. Little thought appears to have been given to traffic flow or traffic volume in a residential area, or the sight of a such a monstrosity in a housing area with established nature buffers. Sneaking in the back door indeed.

  • lewiskr45 Jan 26, 2015

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    But permitted by right and not subject to a rezoning or any public hearings.

  • Wacky_dood Jan 26, 2015

    They can move into the old (empty) Kroger in Wakefield. If that's not good/big enough, there are still some nice areas in Wakefield off of Falls of Neuse they can build on.

  • John Ragan Jan 26, 2015
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    doubt a gas station could build there without filling out a landfills worth of paperwork....the EPA and county you know.

  • jimcricket15 Jan 26, 2015

    " Now sneak in the back door and try to get your back yard re-zoned for a jackhammer training school and ask yourself if your neighbors would object."

    No one snuck in the back door. I think publix ought to locate down the road from me. I would love it.

  • lewiskr45 Jan 26, 2015

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    No, a grocery store actually.