NORFOLK, Virginia (WAVY) – For the first time, Publix Super Markets plans to open stores in two of the seven cities of Hampton Roads.
While the Florida-based chain has not yet made official statements about the stores, both the city of Suffolk and Norfolk have approved plans for stores of about 50,000 square feet, and confirmed that Publix is a resident.
Publix, which Forbes has named one of America’s top employers, is considered by some to be a “higher” grocer and has loyal fans.
“It’s very important to us here that they want to come to Suffolk,” Mayor Mike Duman said Thursday afternoon. “We’ve never had anything like this here.”
In Suffolk, a store will be built near the intersection of Godwin Boulevard and Kings Fork Road as part of the Planters Station building, in a growing part of the city.
In Norfolk, development is headed by the Old Dominion Real Estate Foundation under a $ 110 million plan to also bring market-priced apartments and shops to land that is currently vacant between 39th and 41st streets along Hampton Boulevard .
The ODU Real Estate Foundation is billing for its project as an extension of University Village and Monarch Way. A total of more than 350 apartments at market rates will be built in buildings occupying six floors with parking under it, according to Norfolk planning documents.
“It was a contaminated area. Since then, we’ve turned it into a territory that brings Norfolk City more than $ 6 million a year in taxes, ”said Tara Saunders, the fund’s executive director, during a meeting of the 2021 planning committee.
She further said that having a grocery store so close to campus would save students from having to take a bus to get to the shops.
Construction has not yet begun on any of the projects, neither ODU nor Publix have been immediately available for comment.