Publix buys land in Carrollton for supermarket

Published 5:02 pm Friday, July 7, 2023

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:23 p.m. on July 11 with confirmation from Publix that one of its stores will open in Carrollton.

Publix has now officially announced one of its supermarkets will anchor The Crossings at Bartlett Station development in Carrollton.

Publix spokesman Jared Glover confirmed by email on July 11 that the 48,387-square-foot store will open in late 2024.

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Land transfer records show the June 6 sale of 11.3 acres in The Crossings development to Publix North Carolina LP for $3.4 million.

A sign at The Crossings states a Publix is “coming soon.”

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

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.

Last year, Isle of Wight 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.