A first look at proposed Carrollton Publix

Published 2:15 pm Monday, July 3, 2023

Drawings submitted to Isle of Wight County have provided officials and the public with their first look at the new Publix supermarket that will anchor The Crossings development in Carrollton.

Isle of Wight’s planning and zoning office received and approved the illustrations on April 19 but has yet to receive word of a groundbreaking date, according to Community Development Director Amy Ring.

The drawing shows the 51,851-square-foot, 35-foot-tall grocery store with a brick and concrete block exterior and a large “Grocer food & pharmacy” sign over the entrance. The design calls for an additional 7,200 square feet of attached retail space.

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Plans submitted to the county on June 13 call for 300 parking spaces and included updates to the roughly 11.3-acre site’s utility plans.

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.

Publix did not respond to the Times’ requests for comments. A Publix spokesman told the Times in February that the company would not confirm store locations until a lease has been signed.

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

The Florida-based supermarket chain’s presence in Hampton Roads is presently limited to one in Williamsburg, though the company has announced plans to build additional stores in Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, which would make the Carrollton store its sixth in the area.

The Crossings’ residential component, which consists of up to 240 condominium units and 52 single-family homes, broke ground in 2021. Two commercial sites – a Royal Farms gas station and a Langley Federal Credit Union branch – had broken ground in The Crossings’ commercial phase as of July 2.

Publix will be Carrollton’s second grocery store. For years, the census-designated place has relied on a single Food Lion in its Eagle Harbor shopping center. According to census data, Carrollton’s population has increased nearly 64% over the past decade, rising from just over 4,500 residents in 2010 to just under 7,500 in 2020.