By: Cody Dowler
CHATTANOOGA, TN (UTC/The Loop) – The Chattanooga City Council passed an ordinance on February 25 which will allow wall tiebacks to be built for the new Publix in North Shore. These tiebacks will strengthen the walls running along Kent street, Hamilton Avenue, and Woodland Avenue.
The store is now expected to be finished and open by late 2014. Publix officials originally announced that the store would be ready to open in February 2014.
Three buildings will be demolished to make room for the grocery store, which will include 4,800 square feet of separate, additional retail space.
Many local residents are very excited to have a convenience store on there side of town now. However, some are wary of how the new store would effect traffic and other small, local businesses.
In a News Channel 3 interview, North Shore resident, Shervin Dadkhahi-Poor, says ”The Publix coming in can be a great addition to the whole community. But it all depends on the intent.”
Dadkhahi-Poor’s girlfriend currently owns ‘Home Grown Silver and Stone’ on Frazier Avenue. While he says the increased traffic will probably be good for business, he hopes the North Shore does not become too commercialized.
“I just hope the intent stays good and we keep Chattanooga original.”
“We look forward to becoming a part of this community,” says Brenda Reid, a representative with Publix. She says bringing their brand to North Shore makes sense. ”We’ve had customers asking about a location closer in since we got here,” Says Reid.
Other Chattanooga area Publix stores include:
- Hurricane Creek
8644 E Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421-8325
- Creek Plantation Village 5928 Hixson Pike Ste 112
Hixson, TN 37343-4839
- Snow Hill Village 5958 Snow Hill Rd Ste 168
Ooltewah, TN 37363-7834
- Mouse Creek Crossing 635 Paul Huff Pkwy NW
Cleveland, TN 37312-2970
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