Publix reconsidering South Broad proposal

This rendering shows the proposed South Broad Street Publix. (Rendering by Hiscutt & Associates)

Publix appears to be pushing the reset button on a proposed new South Broad Street supermarket in Chattanooga.

The company has decided to defer a planned January hearing before the Chattanooga Board of Zoning Appeals. That panel was slated to rehear a developer's proposal to put the store at South Broad and St. Elmo Avenue.

Mike Price, president of MAP Engineers, said the grocer is "going to consider its options and then decide whether to continue to pursue this development as proposed."

"The proposed grocery tenant has decided to defer any further consideration and action with the Board of Zoning Appeals at this time," said Price, who has been representing developer Alliance Realty Services.

Jim Johnson of Chattanoogans for Responsible Development said he's hopeful Publix isn't abandoning a store on the site of the former Mt.