See update post on Nov 16 2011 Publix will open late 2012 or early 2013
Publix, a south east grocery chain, plans to build a 54,000 sq foot grocery store on a 3.5 acre property located at the corner of Gold Hill Road and Pleasant Road in the Fort Mill Township.
The proposed Publix grocery store would be the first in our Fort Mill, York County area. It would also be the first Publix location near Charlotte NC since Publix is primarily in the southern and western portions of South Carolina.
Publix has to re-zone the 3.5 acres from a agricultural residential zoning to a business development (commercial) zoning designation with York County approval. The York County Council has initially approved the zoning and use change during their September 7th 2010 meeting. See re-zoning application.
Publix proposed grocery store location has met opposition by next door residents who live in the Ashford on the Water subdivision. The Ashford resident’s concerns are; adding too much traffic, safety issues, noise, and having a large grocery store structure next to their subdivision as reasons for their complaints. The next step in the approval process is to seek York County Zoning Board of Appeals approval on Oct. 14. The Ashford on the Water residents protests will be heard at the Oct 14th meeting.
York County is still growing especially in the Fort Mill Township area. Another new grocery store Aldi, located on Hwy 160 next to Waterstone subdivision, is under construction with a planned open in January 2011.
I am hearing many different points of view if we need more grocery stores. Some don’t like the commercial building and increased traffic. Other residents encourage the competition to save money. What’s your point of view?
Update October 22, 2010
Ken Elkins with the Charlotte Business Journal reported on October 21, 2010, The York County Council approved zoning changes that will allow a Florida developer to build the area’s first Publix near Tega Cay. In addition, Publix is eying a second south Charlotte location around the hwy 521 location in Lancaster County SC.