Tuesday, October 12, 2021

[EXCLUSIVE] New Avondale/Decatur Publix Slated to Open November 3

Publix Super Market is slated to open its newest Atlanta area grocery store November 3.  The new store, which anchors the new Sam's Crossing development, is located at 2720 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, officially in the City of Decatur, but at edge of Avondale Estates. The new store measures 53,875 square feet, a little bigger than the grocer's current 48,387 square foot prototype stores.  

Lakeland, Florida-based Publix currently has at least fifteen stores in its immediate pipeline for Georgia which will bring the grocer to more than 200 stores in the state.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported in June on the number of overall grocery stores planned for metro Atlanta with Publix leading the pack with its more than two dozen openings, shared between intown, OTP and way OTP communities.  

Notion, a new 290 unit apartment development from Toll Brothers Apartment Living, as well as about 12,000 square feet of retail space, are also part of the Sam's Crossing development.  In total, the retail and residential developments occupy about 9.5 acres.  The project has been in the works since at least 2018.  

The new Publix store is located just under a mile from Your DeKalb Farmers Market (YDFM) and just over a mile from the Kroger which anchors North Decatur Square near the corner of DeKalb Industrial Way and North Decatur Road.  YDFM announced plans in 2012 for a massive expansion, but little has been done - other than clearing the land - despite intel suggesting the expansion remains in the works.  Kroger in 2014 completed a massive expansion of their own, increasing the size of their store from about 63,000 square feet to about 110,000 square feet.  

Among Publix's other upcoming Atlanta area stores are those planned for East Cobb, Tucker, Dunwoody and Chamblee, among others.  Sources tell ToNeTo Atlanta that several store openings have been pushed due to shortages and delays in obtaining refrigeration units and other grocery store fixtures and equipment.

Are you excited for the new Publix?  Will this new Publix change your shopping habits?  Where in metro Atlanta do think a grocer is sorely needed?

Please share your thoughts below.  

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Yeah, YDFM cleared a huge amount of natural habitat and nothing has happened except to leave the space bare. Another reason among many that I don't shop there despite living two miles away.

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