Grocery boom? One area could see third new store within months of each other

Grocery boom? One area could see third new store within months of each other

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Shoppers in southern Wilmington may soon find themselves with an abundance of options when it comes to groceries.

A new grocery store is being proposed as part of a new development along the south 17th Street area of the city. If approved, it could be a third new grocery store for that area in a matter of months.

This latest development is being proposed by John D. Barry Drive and south 17th Street, behind the shopping center that contains a Food Lion. The grocery store operator is not named, but is described in public documents as "an exciting new grocery" that would be 36,200 square feet. The development would also include a professional office building and some retail space.

There is currently an effort to bring an Aldi grocery store to south 17th and south College Road down the street from this new proposal.  Wilmington City Council is expected to discuss a rezoning plan to allow that in May. Not too far from that location, a new Publix grocery store is preparing to open off of Bragg Drive.  Signs just went up for the Publix and the store is expected to open this year.

The newest development will require rezoning.  There will be an informational meeting on this project on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m in the Longleaf Room of the New Hanover County Executive Center at 2141 Military Cutoff Road. The Wilmington Planning Commission will also discuss the project on Wednesday, May 4.

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