Is Publix planning to open a supermarket in South End? The company isnt saying.
Publix Super Markets is still aggressively looking for more sites in and around Charlotte, a company spokeswoman told the Observer on Wednesday, but would not comment on reports that land in South End is under contract.
The Charlotte Business Journal has reported that land across from a Lowes store went under contract to a limited liability company managed by Scott MacLaren, senior vice president of the real estate investments group at Stiles, a commercial real estate firm that works closely with Publix. Developers and their associates regularly, and quietly, put land under contract that they hope to develop.
No land sales relating to the project have been recorded as of this week and apparently no building permits have been issued, a review of county records shows.
Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said the grocer has no definite plans to open a store in South End. She said the companys only signed deal for a store in Charlotte remains a Ballantyne location, at Providence Road West and Johnston Road.
Last month, the chain opened two stores just beyond the state line in South Carolina, in Fort Mill and Indian Land its first foray into the Charlotte area.
Stiles, which is developing Publixs Ballantyne store, recently partnered with Charlotte-based Levine Properties to develop future projects. Daniel Levine, the company president, declined to comment on a possible South End location for Publix.
Ely Portillo contributed