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Work begins on Oak Island’s Publix-anchored shopping center, set to open May 2020

Despite a short delay, the Oak Island Marketplace is on track to open before next summer.

Oak Island's new Publix-anchored shopping center broke ground this week and is expected to open by May 2020. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Halpern Enterprises)
Oak Island’s new Publix-anchored shopping center broke ground this week and is expected to open by May 2020. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Halpern Enterprises)

OAK ISLAND — After a three-month delay, crews began work this week on Oak Island’s new Publix shopping center.

Taking up a majority of three blocks of Oak Island, the Oak Island Marketplace will be anchored by a 28,800 square foot Publix.

Related: Work on planned Publix in Oak Island could be pushed back three months due to unforeseen circumstances

Oak Island’s Publix will be smaller than the typical grocer’s size, with a “beach feel,” according to the developer’s 2016 pitch to Councilmembers. Developed by Halpern Enterprises, Council granted the company a three-month extension in January to accommodate the store’s non-prototype design and new floodplain designations.

The full marketplace, with 7,000 square feet of additional retail shopping, is expected to open by next May, according to a Halpern Enterprise release. This will be Halpern’s fourth Publix-anchored shopping center in North Carolina, the release states.

Plans show the store will be between East Pelican Drive and East Oak Island Drive, just one block from the oceanfront. Five retail locations are shown east of the store, according to the plans.

Plans for the Oak Island Marketplace anchored by Publix show five adjacent retail locations. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Halpern Enterprises)
Plans for the Oak Island Marketplace anchored by Publix show five adjacent retail locations. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Halpern Enterprises)

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