Publix buys land in Carrollton for supermarket

Published 8:40 pm Monday, July 10, 2023

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Publix still has yet to confirm one of its supermarkets is coming to Carrollton, but the company has now purchased land for the project.

According to land transfer records recorded in Isle of Wight County’s Circuit Court show the June 6 sale of 11.3 acres in The Crossings development to Publix North Carolina LP for $3.4 million.

The sale comes roughly two months after Isle of Wight County’s planning and zoning office approved illustrations of the proposed supermarket.

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Site plans last revised and submitted to the county on June 13 call for a 51,851-square-foot, 35-foot-tall grocery store with an additional 7,200 square feet of attached retail space and 300 total parking spaces.

The Times first learned of the Publix project in February when the newspaper obtained a 2022 letter from the county to Asa Harris of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Harris Development Partners identifying the proposed supermarket as Publix.

The Florida-based supermarket chain has announced plans to build stores in Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

“We have not announced a Publix” at the Carrollton location, said company spokesman Jared Glover. A sign on the property says a Publix store is coming there.

Last year, county supervisors approved Crossings developer Jerry Bowman’s request to scrap circa-2002 plans for a roughly 202,000-square-foot shopping center and instead subdivide the development’s commercial phase into multiple, smaller parcels, one of which Bowman said would house an “upscale” national grocery chain.