Publix To Anchor Retail In Carter’s Summerhill Redevelopment

Grocery chain Publix is slated to anchor the project's retail portion across Hank Aaron Drive from the former Turner Field

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Supermarket chain Publix will occupy the grocery store part of Carter’s mixed-use Summerhill project, according to art for the project in an Atlanta Zoning Committee meeting agenda this week.

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In partnership with K. King & Co. and Healey Weatherholtz Properties, Atlanta-based developer Carter has plans for 82,000 square feet of grocery-anchored retail as part of its underway 35-acre mixed-use project near the former Turner Field. Plans have called for about 51,000 square feet of that to be occupied by a grocer just southwest of the intersection of Crumley and Fraser Streets.

A Monday Zoning Committee meeting agenda includes a proposed ordinance to amend signage regulations for part of the project area, showing a Publix sign as part of the proposal.

Carter said in a statement through a spokesperson that it isn’t in a position to comment on specific transactions at this time, while Publix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Along with more than 80,000 square feet of retail, Phase 1 of the Summerhill project will include a 306-unit multifamily project just west across Hank Aaron Drive from the grocery store, as well as a 676-bed student housing project, 100 for-sale townhomes by Hedgewood Homes, a 120-key hotel, and a corporate build-to-suit office building, according to Carter’s website. The developer is also planning on redeveloping about 47,000 square feet of retail along Georgia Avenue.

Plans for the project go back to Georgia State University‘s decision to purchase Turner Field in 2016 and subsequent decision to partner with Carter to redevelop the 83-acre area.

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A rendering of a Publix sign as part of Carter’s Summerhill project.

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.

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    1. No one is boycotting Publix dude. That’s like arresting you for a crime that your sibling did. The kid of the companies founder donated money, and she is not involved in the company whatsoever, other than collecting trust fund checks. Publix can’t control how rich kids spend their money dude. SMH

      1. Exactly.
        Cancel culture just doesn’t know when to stop. SMH…
        Badah you should be ashamed for spreading misinformation, particularly in an area of town that really needs a grocery store!

  1. So great!! We don’t have a super close grocery store. Nearest is Glenwood. So happy to hear this!

  2. My only gripe with the design above is the 2-level parking structure that looks like it will front Georgia Ave. Nice retail/buildings fronting Hank Aaron Drive – would love to continue that around to Georgia Ave and blend in with the fantastic retail that has recently opened here.

  3. This is good news for lots of reasons especially since this area is considered a food dessert.

  4. It’s good that Summerhill is getting a grocery store that will serve not only residents in the community but also those in neighboring ones, which are essentially food deserts. I am, however, really disappointed in the design as it currently stands. There is a real opportunity here to create an environment that prioritizes and encourages the pedestrian experience by either burying the parking or building a parking deck. It seems that Carter is following Fuqua’s suburban-style development in an urban environment model and it’s sad.

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