A Publix supermarket is scheduled to open June 2 in Auburn, Ala., anchoring a new shopping center called Hamilton Place.
The 54,340-square-foot grocery store at 2415 Moores Mill Road will be the first Publix in the Auburn-Opelika market.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are about it,” said Brent Gladden, a partner with Hamilton Place Development. “Y’all are so fortunate over in Columbus and Phenix City to have several Publix locations. So I don’t need to tell y’all how great they are. But they have been an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix has four supermarkets in Columbus and another in Phenix City. The chain was named a 2010 “Customer Service Champ” by BusinessWeek magazine earlier this year. It also has made Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” since its inception in 1998.
Hamilton Place, which is situated on 11.7 acres near the intersection of Moores Mill and Hamilton roads, will have about a dozen smaller tenants, Gladden said.
They include a Johnny Brusco’s Pizza outlet, a Louie’s Chicken Fingers eatery that also sells fish, a Cutie Pie Clothing and Gifts store, a dry cleaner, and three salons catering to nails, hair and tanning.
Gladden said he’s close to signing four more tenants, which will leave the center with two small spaces and an outparcel of land to fill.
The development is located on the side side of Auburn, he said, and is at least a couple of miles from Interstate 85.
“It’s really set up to service the high residential content of that side of town, which is really growing,” Gladden said. “You’ve got a lot of nice neighborhoods — Moores Mill, Grove Hill, East Lake — and there just hasn’t been much commercial to speak of at this point.”
Publix, which opened its 1,000th store in St. Augustine in early 2009, posted a profit of $1.2 billion on sales of $24.3 billion last year. The profit number was up slightly from $1.1 billion in 2008.
The regional grocery chain now has 1,017 supermarkets altogether, 729 of them in Florida, 178 in Georgia, 42 in South Carolina, 41 in Alabama and 27 in Tennessee.