CORNELUS, N.C. -- Sources tell the Citizen that it's official, Publix has signed the lease for the space the grocery giant based in Florida will soon occupy at Magnolia Plaza in Cornelius, continuing its incursion into the realm heretofore dominated by Harris Teeter.
Halvorsen Development of Boca Raton, Fla., the developer who regularly partners with Publix Super Markets, will bring an approximately 50,000-square-foot grocery store to the section of Magnolia Plaza that once housed the K&W Cafeteria near the intersection of West Catawba Avenue and Jetton Road. To make way for the popular grocer, that building and a section of existing store fronts in the strip mall will be demolished. Some tenants, including popular Mexican restaurant Monterrey, have already vacated the property, and about one-half dozen more will be affected by the development.
Wayne Herron, planning director for the Town of Cornelius, told the Citizen back in April that the demolition and development plans for the new Publix location will only receive an administrative review rather than a full trotting out before the town's planning board since there is no change in the use for the property, meaning the surrounding property owners (about 10 of them, including seven residential parcels) will not receive notice about the arrival of the new store.
There is no official timeline yet for completion of the project, but word on the street is that demolition will start in the next few months and the store could be complete sometime mid-2014.