Residents declare ‘We love Publix,’ but Harris Teeter gets another chance to build

Harris Teeter gets another one-year extension in Carolina Beach. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After 13 years of promises to build a new Harris Teeter, Carolina Beach residents rallied at a town council meeting Tuesday to say they are tired of waiting.

It was announced back in December that a Publix would be built next door to the still untouched Harris Teeter property.

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Many residents were relieved that they would finally have a new grocery store in town, but Harris Teeter vowed to fight it.

Harris Teeter has talked about opening a grocery store in Carolina Beach since 2006. Now the developer of the Harris Teeter property wants another one-year extension, saying the proposed store will have to be redesigned.

An attorney representing the developer says they need access to the Publix parking lot for delivery trucks.

One man, with no affiliation to Publix, handed out “I Love Publix” t-shirts to residents attending the meeting, saying people are fed up.

“We’re tired of the crap,” said Timothy Chestnutt. “They’re not going to build here, they probably never will. They’re just trying to keep the competition off the island. The only thing we have is Food Lion, and you’ve got to go over the bridge to go to Harris Teeter to even shop somewhere else. And I think Publix will bring a nice change to that.”

Council ultimately voted to approve the one time extension which will expire April 11, 2020.

The developer of the Harris Teeter site will go to the North Carolina Court of Appeals April 10, to argue that the town should not have issued Publix a permit to build at that site.

The next town council meeting will be held Monday, April 8 instead of Tuesday April 9, because the town attorney will be in court that day fighting Harris Teeter’s appeal.