The completion of the last segment of Interstate 485 on Friday means three exits will be opened and liberated from years of construction. By linking Interstates 77 and 85, the final 5.7-mile segment will bring thousands more cars to the shopping centers and businesses near the outerbelt.
The following businesses, which serve as landmarks at each interchange, might be impacted by the increased number of cars and potential development boom:
Prosperity Church Road interchange:
▪ Harris Teeter: The Harris Teeter grocery store that anchors the Shoppes at Highland Creek shopping center will soon have a new competitor, Publix, which is under development and slated to open in 2016. Harris Teeter could also see more customers if the I-485 completion brings an influx of new residents to the area.
▪ Bi-Lo: Another grocery chain store, Bi-Lo, lies within a mile of the Harris Teeter. It, too, might receive an influx of shoppers after the interstate loop is completed.
▪ Rite-Aid & ALDI: Across the road from the Harris Teeter grocery sits a Rite-Aid, a drug and convenience store, and an ALDI, a low-price grocer that operates about 1,300 stores.
▪ Walmart at Bryton Town Center: The Walmart at Bryton Town Center could soon be accompanied by other shops and residential spaces. More commercial and residential development is planned for the area.
Mallard Creek Road interchange:
▪ Rite-Aid: The drug and convenience store sits atop the hill at Mallard Creek Road. There are fewer businesses near the Mallard Creek interchange than elsewhere.
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