With one location already in the works and amid talk it’s set to buy local Martin’s stores, it appears Publix isn’t waiting in line to further establish itself in the Richmond market.
Documents filed with the Henrico County Planning Department last week show a Publix store as part of a proposed expansion of the Stuart’s Crossing Shopping Center at 1091 Virginia Center Parkway, a development owned by the real estate arm of Richmond-based spice company C.F. Sauer.
The plans, filed June 10 by Sauer Properties, call for building a 138,095-square-foot shopping center in two phases on about 20 acres off the corner off Brook Road and Virginia Center Parkway. A parking lot with 738 parking spaces is included in the plans.
A rendering made by Freeman Morgan Architects included in the plans shows Publix and T.J. Maxx/Home Goods as tenants on opposite ends of the development with no other named tenants located in between the two retailers.
The plans do not indicate how large each store would be.
Sauer Properties spokesman Shane Parr called the filing “a conceptual plan” and said no leases have yet been signed for the development.
“We have no deals with any of those people,” Parr said.
Public spokesperson Kim Reynolds would not comment on the grocers’ plans for the shopping center.
“We are continually seeking out new sites to better serve our customers,” she said in an email. “We do not typically comment until a lease has been signed.”
The Stuart’s Crossing Shopping Center Publix is the second store the Florida-based grocer has planned for Richmond: the other will open at the forthcoming Nuckols Place Shopping Center at 5400 Wyndham Forest Drive north of Innsbrook. Publix operates stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. It operates more than 1,100 locations, according to its website.
Publix is the latest entrant to Richmond’s well-stocked grocery market. It could gain a greater edge on competitors if it ends up buying local Martin’s stores. Those stores could end up for sale as part of a pending merger between its parent company Ahold and the Delhaize Group, the parent company of Food Lion. The merger is now being considered by the Federal Trade Commission.
The first phase of the Stuart’s Crossing Shopping Center is still under construction. It will consist of 175,000 square feet building and tenants will include Five Guys, Starbucks and Verizon store.
In addition to Publix, Sauer Properties will be landlord to Whole Foods once the grocer opens near the intersection of West Broad Street and Hermitage Road near VCU.