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Publix could anchor new Garner shopping center

Publix opened this store on Davis Drive and High House Road in Cary in 2014.
Publix opened this store on Davis Drive and High House Road in Cary in 2014. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Garner residents are finally getting their own Publix. Maybe.

On Tuesday, Garner Economic Development’s Twitter account tweeted out that it had approved site plans for a Publix-anchored shopping center at Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401.

But Jay Priester with Charlotte-based Cambridge Properties said the company isn’t yet ready to make an announcement about the anchor tenant.

If Priester does land a Publix, it would be the Florida-based grocer’s first in Garner. The supermarket has made rapid inroads in the Triangle over the past few years. There are seven Publix opened or coming to area.

Priester’s Rand Village shopping center, on more than 26 acres at Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401, received site plan and rezoning approval from the Garner Planning Commission on Monday and will go to the Town Council on Dec. 4.

Priester said the shopping center has been in the works for about four years. A recent surge of residential development in that part of southwestern Wake County prompted the company to move forward now.

“That’s what we’ve been tracking,” he said. “That was the driver for us – it had to do with new subdivisions.”

A nearby project with 415 apartments is leasing now, he said, and another project will add 98 townhouses and 98 single-family residences. Two other projects within a mile are also underway.

The rezoning would change Rand Village from residential to commercial.

The area currently has a Harris Teeter on one corner and a Food Lion on the other. A Sheetz and Walgreens now front where the Rand Village shopping center would be located.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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