Owner: Bassam Issa
Location: 635 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn.
Size: 54,000 square feet
Contractor: Benning Construction Co.
Scope: Cleveland's newest grocery store will be a traditional Publix with a pharmacy, and the building will include energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration. Since the company is headquartered in Florida, every Publix store is built to be wind-resistant, Publix spokeswoman Brenda Reid said. The company signed a 20-year lease at the Mouse Creek Crossing shopping center and expects the market to easily support another grocery store. "We've been in the Chattanooga market for a few years now, and customers were coming from the Cleveland area," Reid said. "So it was an opportunity to be where they are."
Timeline: Construction is well underway. Building a Publix usually takes 10 months start to finish, Reid said. The Cleveland location is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter, although the exact date hasn't been nailed down.
Future: The Cleveland Publix will be followed by a new Publix in North Chattanooga. Publix currently operates stores in Hixson, Ooltewah and East Brainerd. Construction hasn't yet started on the North Market Street location. That store is scheduled to open sometime in 2014.
-- Complied by Shelly Bradbury, who may be reached at email@example.com or 423-757-6525.
Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...