CAROLINA BEACH — Despite Harris Teeter’s best efforts to slow down and even prevent Publix from opening a new store in Carolina Beach, residents and visitors will finally soon see Publix open its doors to customers.
It will be just the second major grocery retailer on Pleasure Island, the first and only other store of similar size being Food Lion.
According to Mayor of Carolina Beach Joe Benson, the new Publix will be opening on June 26 at 6:45 a.m. kicking off with a ribbon cutting for community leaders, the media, and customers.
Publix and Harris Teeter, which owns a piece of property next door, have been trading barbs in court since the initial permits were granted by Carolina Beach Town Council to Publix without requiring interconnectivity between the two locations.
Despite being tied up in litigation, Publix managed in less than two years to demolish the old Federal Point Shopping Center and construct a new store.
Meanwhile, neighboring Harris Teeter has kept a sign promising a new grocery store on the land for years without so much as a foundation ever being laid.