Smyrna to get new Publix Supermarket.
The wait is almost over! The former Jonquil Plaza, which was razed and then left dormant for basically a decade, is currently being redeveloped and has secured Publix Super Markets as its anchor tenant. Located at the corner of Spring and Atlanta Roads in Smyrna, Jonquil will include a 45,600 square foot Publix, Willy's Mexicana Grill, 260 apartments and a number of other retail and restaurant tenants.
Jonquil Plaza opened in 1963 with 14 tenants across 42,000 square feet of retail space and provided 300 parking spaces. Among the more notable tenants were Dunaway Rexall Drugs and Redford's 5¢ & 10¢ Store as well as both Gulf and Standard gas stations.
Atlanta-based Halpern Enterprises is developing the property and plans to have it open next spring, just in time for the start of baseball season. The Braves new home, SunTrust Park, is about ten minutes from the Jonquil project.
Jonquil is not the only Publix anchored project to have taken upwards of a decade to get green-lighted. Less than seven miles from the Jonquil project, Edens is currently under construction on Moores Mill, a redevelopment of Moores Mill Center. Like Jonquil, the center will be anchored by a 45,600 square foot Publix Supermarket. Like Jonquil, the redevelopment was caught up in setbacks and unforeseen delays for about a decade. Ground was broken on the project this past March, and is expected to be completed next spring.
Halpern is building another Publix anchored center, Dawson Crossroads, in Dawsonville, just south of the North Georgia Premium Outlets. Dawson Crossroads is expected to be completed later this fall.
Nearby Belmont Hills shopping center is also being redeveloped by Halpern Enterprises. Jonquil, like Belmont, will have an apartment component developed by Wood Partners. The complexes will be known as Alta Belmont and Alta Jonquil respectively.
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