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Athens to get Publix in late 2008
EastSide Junction shopping center has bank, could get restaurant, retailer

By Evan Belanger · 340-2442

ATHENS — Construction of a Publix Super Market in eastern Athens is expected to begin in October and will take about a year, developer Bill Ming announced this week.

To be located at the northeast corner of U.S. 72 and Lindsay Lane, the 45,600-square-foot store will be part of a shopping center he is developing.

Named EastSide Junction, the shopping center will measure 105,000 square feet in all, with 59,400 square feet available for other retailers.

The Athens location will be Publix’s 29th store in Alabama. As one of the fastest growing employee-owned companies in the United States, Publix already has more than 900
stores across the Southeast, according to the company’s Web site.

“We are very excited about Publix’s commitment to our growing community,” Ming said in a statement.

“EastSide Junction is the first grocery-anchored shopping center developed in our community since the 1990s.”

In addition to Publix, EastSide Junction includes three smaller parcels of land for development.

Ming said one has already been purchased by Sheffield-based Bank Independent, which expects to open there by May 2008.

The Athens location will be the company’s 26th. All are in North Alabama.

Ming said the two remaining parcels are still in negotiation with a national restaurant chain and another retailer.

“This project will spur more development on the east side
of Athens and serve our
city’s newest growth corridor from Lindsay Lane to the East Limestone community,” he said.

According to Ming, amenities at EastSide Junction will include a six-acre lake and a walking trail. The site has four remaining acres for future development.

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