Downtown Publix construction continues

By: Kami Rowe

Architectural photo of the new Publix in Northshore

Architectural photo of the new Publix in Northshore

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – The Chattanooga City council unanimously voted to install retaining wall tiebacks for the new Publix on North Market Street for construction to move forward.

The retaining wall tiebacks will allow the construction to continue towards the projected finish time of late spring or summer of this year. The store will be convenient for people living downtown, Northshore, on the mountain, and even college students.

Publix currently operates stores located in Hixson, East Brainerd, and Ooltewah. The new store in Northshore will compete with Wal-Mart, Bi-Lo, Whole Foods, and Enzo’s.

Kelli Findlay, a student at UTC, said that she is very excited about the new Publix. Findlay said, “Publix is the place I would go to instead of Wal-Mart.”

In a article that was published last June, the author compared prices of food staples like bread, milk, and eggs. As a broke college student, prices are important when choosing where to shop.

Right now, the prices at Publix rank second or third compared to the other stores.For the staple items the prices are:

  • One gallon of milk- $4.19
  • A dozen eggs- $1.79
  • A loaf of white bread- $1.39

Overall, Wal-Mart had the lowest prices to offer, Enzo’s was the most expensive, but Publix offers prices that are right around the middle.

The Media and Community Relations Manager at Publix, Brenda Reid, said, “Saving money is top of mind for so many of our customers, but customers also want value, variety, freshness and the products on the shelf when they want them.”

When finished, the store will not only provide a wide variety of quality products but also top-notch customer service in their clean, 45.8 thousand square foot store according to Reid.

“We look forward to becoming the supermarket of choice in the downtown Chattanooga area,” said Reid.

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