Holly Lakes Shopping Center, a 52,000-square-foot center off Sunset Lake Road, will break ground in November, bringing the first The Fresh Market grocery store to Holly Springs in late 2017.
The Holly Springs Town Council unanimously supported the necessary approvals Tuesday, Sept. 20, for the project to move forward. It will be on 6.46 acres on the east side of Sunset Lake Road between Holly Springs and Optimist Farm roads. It will be just south of Sunset Lake Commons Shopping Center, which is anchored by Harris Teeter.
“Now all they’ve got to do is build it,” Mayor Dick Sears said Wednesday, adding that residents have wanted more grocery store options for years.
Holly Springs has a Harris Teeter, Lowe’s Foods, Walmart and Food Lion. This will be the first site in southwestern Wake County for the upscale grocer, which has locations in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill.
The developer of Holly Lakes is D&N Development of Raleigh, which is led by father-and-son team Daniel and Nick Brown.
Nick Brown said in an email Thursday that leases have been signed with The Fresh Market, Pet Supermarket, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa and Lee Spa Nails so far.
The development plan shows seven other spaces available for future retail tenants in the center’s two buildings. They also are in talks with a restaurant for the center’s one permitted dining spot.
A representative for The Fresh Market said she could not comment on “any potential or rumored locations until they are publicly announced on The Fresh Market website.” The Fresh Market does not show the Holly Springs location on its website.
“In general, the company announces that a location is ‘coming soon’ once we take a possession of the premises and commence our build-out,” the website said.
The project also would bring needed road improvements to Sunset Lake Road to improve safety in that area.
“This is one of the most exciting projects that I’ve ever seen, because I deal with that (traffic) every day,” Sears said.
The master plan shows the entrance to the existing shopping center from Sunset Lake Road would be changed to a right in, right out and left in. Lassiter Road would be extended from the other side of Sunset Lake Road to the new development with a traffic light at the intersection, allowing drivers from the shopping center to make left turns onto Sunset Lake Road at a safer place.
“That will eliminate the necessity to turn left out of Harris Teeter, which is a disaster and always has been,” Sears said. “I would hope (the project) was going to be on the fast track. We need it badly.”
This is part of the second phase of the Sunset Lake Commons Shopping Center, which was originally approved in October 2007 but was stalled because of the recession, according to town staff. There still are two remaining lots, totaling about four to five acres, in this area for future local business uses, said Sean Ryan, a town planner.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon