Proposed Publix Shopping Center Plan

Following is the preliminary Site plan for the proposed Publix shopping center.  Click on the link to open the PDF document. Note that the plan calls for a realignment of the road that leads to the Pinecrest High School.  The current traffic light on route 15 / 501would also be moved to the intersection of the new road with route 15 / 501.  This traffic light will also serve the road that leads into the shopping center.  Also note that the proposed road continues from 15 / 501 out to Morganton Road between the existing Fox Hollow Road and the entrance to the Lawn and Tennis Club which is directly across from the entrance to the Country Club of North Carolina (CCNC).  No doubt this road will then become a major thoroughfare for any traffic that wishes to go from Morganton Road out to 15 /501 or to/from the high school.


Publix Site Plan March 2016 >



The Pinehurst Village Council finds itself in the “unique” position of being asked to weigh in on proposed shopping center planned on its doorstep in neighboring Southern Pines.

The project includes a four-lane boulevard running from Morganton Road to U.S. 15-501. It would run between Fox Hollow road and the entrance of the Lawn and Tennis Club, through the 32-acre site behind Springhill Suites and Turnberry Wood office park, and align with Voit Gilmore Lane at the entrance of Pinecrest High School. The center would be anchored by a Publix grocery store, though the developer and Florida-based grocery store chain have yet to publicly confirm it.

It is the access onto Morganton Road that has residents of the Country Club of North Carolina as well as others concerned. They fear such access could bring more traffic congestion and destroy “a beautiful” entry way into the village. Several made their case last week to the Village Council, asking members to join the fight to oppose that access.


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25 Responses to “Proposed Publix Shopping Center Site Plan”


Gail Kendall:

August 24, 2016 at 3:33 pm (Edit)We strongly oppose Public building a supermarket in this area. We already have more than enough really good supermarkets plus a delightful small market, the Fresh Market. Plus, a development of this size is not suitable in the business park, and particularly causing undue congestion in the neighboring lovely residential communities, especially CCNC and the Business Park itself. We do hope the councils deny these permits. Crystal Barbera, above, says it all very well!


Nancy Ellis:

August 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm (Edit)My husband, John, and I appreciate the invitation to express our views on the proposed development of a Publix shopping center. We oppose it on ecological, philosophical, and economic grounds. In our view, most members of our community neither want nor need another grocery store, another shopping center, more delivery trucks, more parking lots, more traffic, more trees cut down, more charming roads made wide, more asphalt, to name just a tiny few of our long list of objections. Instead, we much prefer the lovely small town atmosphere that we so enjoyed when we moved here 45 years ago, but have seen being chipped away. We also lament the gradual but unhalting diminution of animals and their habitats and the lilting songs of birds. Too, we are concerned about finite water supply, increased land erosion, and the loss of delightful locally/independently owned businesses that forged warm reciprocal relationships while providing personal service in charming shops. We realize that the two of us are old. But, truly, we are not looking back to the long ago. Rather, we are looking to the future–the future we are allowing to happen, and we don’t like what we see. Human beings are animals, and, as such, are part of nature. We need nature to feed our souls. We are proud that so many of our fellow citizens are standing up and being counted. And we hope that we can raise awareness that, although America is a large and bounteous country, even our resources are finite. We want to our part to stop allowing these precious gifts to be squandered.



August 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Edit)The traffic impact on Morganton Road would be terrible. The area doesn’t need another grocery store. If Publix thinks we do then they should find a more suitable location. One that doesn’t destroy our quality of life for the benefit of their bottom line. We will be left with all this empty development when these stores fail. Look at Olmsted Village.These developments are being proposed by out of town companies that see vacant land and feel the need to line their pockets by developing the land then going on to their next paradise to ruin. STOP this! They come, destroy our quality of life and move on. We will be left with more vacant retail! We don’t need more development or another grocery store. The impact on everyone is not worth it. Traffic on Morganton will be horrific!


John Biggar:

August 18, 2016 at 9:07 am (Edit)Morganton Road is not designed to handle the increased traffic that will be generated from the Publix and adjacent stores that are proposed for this site. That traffic will be generated by not only the shoppers who visit the site but all of the trucks and other vehicles that will be necessary to supply the merchants that locate there. I assume that the proposal for the connection to Morganton Road is being inside red because a second ingress/egress is required to satisfy regulatory requirements or land development codes. If that is the case, the Publix developers should look to acquire adequate land that will allow that second access to be on 15/501 — a road intended to deal with the kind of traffic that a Publix will generate. And if no such land is available, maybe the correct answer is this is not an appropriate site for that use.


Connie Lovell:

August 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm (Edit)We are strongly opposed to the addition of another food market in our small neighborhood. Publix would add a fourth venue within 1/2 mile. This project is too invasive and will be boycotted if the project moves forward.



August 17, 2016 at 12:52 pm (Edit)I agree we do not need yet another grocery store in this location. I live on Morganton Rd. The road noise and congestion is only getting worse. There is no reason a neighborhood road should have so many commercial, large trucks cutting through to & from Hwy 5 & 15/501. When the Village put the traffic circle in at the resort, we absorbed all the large trucks. It is becoming very dangerous and de-valuing the homes along Morganton. Morganton Road is already having serious issues. Living on Morganton, I see how many accidents occur. I think it would be interesting to see how many accidents and speeding fines have occured in the past 5 years compared to 15 years ago.

I welcome Publix, but not at this location. Why another grocery in a one mile radius to three others? A better option is to open one in Aberdeen going to Raeford (one of the fastest growing counties in NC) or toward Pinebluff or even near Carthage. Also, we have so many “anchor” stores that anchor nothing. The rest of the sites sit empty. Please remember the eyesore of Bi-Lo and K-mart. We are becoming a community known for grocery chains instead of beauty, parks, golf and horse country.



August 17, 2016 at 12:35 pm (Edit)We absolutely DO NOT need yet another grocery store in the area, especially when there are SO MANY empty businesses in the area. As several noted above, let’s utilize the unused spaces BEFORE knocking out more green to make room for what is sure to be MORE empty businesses!! Why add traffic to an area when there are preexisting roads to take us to empty businesses and buildings that could be converted for less money than it would cost in new construction?Common sense is lacking in this entire endeavor.


Monica Converse:

August 17, 2016 at 7:30 am (Edit)Don’t let us lose our charm!

There are already enough grocery stores surrounded by empty storefronts. Please, Southern Pines government officials – say NO!

Pinehurst officials – please keep Pinehurst quaint! That’s why we are here!


Sonja Brewton:

August 16, 2016 at 9:18 am (Edit)I am concerned about traffic flow in this area as it is already very congested. Exiting the Pinecrest Plaza shopping center, especially onto Morganton Road, is already hazardous, especially during the lunch hour and in the afternoon when Pinecrest dismisses. I can only imagine this will worsen as the new development around the Morganton Road Lowes “catches on”. I would like to see a more detailed plan from NCDOT that addresses this traffic growth.

While I am certain Publix would not open a store unless their studies indicated the area could support another grocery store, I personally do not expect to shop there. I am well served by the two Food Lion stores as well as Fresh Market for specialty items. I do not need another massive grocery store.

I am concerned that this retail complex will only pull stores from existing centers, leaving us with empty spaces which quickly become an eye sore (Town and Country Shopping Center, The original old K-mart location (before the Super K) sat empty for years after new development pulled tenants away; much of the Olmstead Village space continues to be un-leased and there is space in the Harris Teeter center (both locations) as well as the Food Lion center on Highway 5. That should indicate we have enough already developed space available. Can’t Publix go into one of those areas?)


Chandler Stewart:

August 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm (Edit)I am totally against the proposed Publix store and the related shopping center. The traffic in the area is already exceeding what the residents are comfortable with. The Traffic Circle traffic is already famous for the wrong reason. More traffic requires more roads, which decrease the aesthetics we still have. Plus, we have too many grocery stores and miscellaneous businesses and restaurants already. Although I do not live in the immediate neighborhood where the Publix, etc are proposed to be built, I as many thousands of others, will be at least indirectly impacted.


Ellen Jordan:

August 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm (Edit)I agree with everything that has been written above! We must TRY to preserve the lovely small town atmosphere here, which is quickly being changed by all the development nearby. Pinehurst/Southern Pines and Aberdeen are being radically changed! There is absolutely no good reason for adding a large grocery store, all the parking which this would require, as well as other stores on this proposed site! AND the traffic problems would be horrendous!

John Strickland:August 8, 2016 at 8:12 am (Edit)Overdevelopment and improper development in the southern Moore county region, and specfically in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen have been widely identified in the last few months. We do not need another large scale grocery store in our area, especially one so close to the new Lowes where road infrastructure and land clearing has been completed, let alone with Fresh Market and Harris Teeter very nearby. The negative impact of the Publix development on the office and residential areas which adjoin the proposed site and which have been in place for a very long time should be avoided.


Ned Franke:

August 7, 2016 at 5:21 pm (Edit)While the need for yet another large grocery store is debatable at best, the creation of a primary access road off of Morganton Road is completely inappropriate. A development of this magnitude would likely never be allowed on that portion of Morganton Road, which also could not handle the increased traffic. Large commercial activity on 15-501 MUST be kept on15-501.



August 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm (Edit)Ditto to all the above. We DO NOT need another grocery store or any more congestion in our area.


Charles van Ginhoven:

August 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm (Edit)I agree with all the previous comments.No need for another supermarket that even doesn’t differentiate at all with the rest, except Fresh Market.This will bring traffic congestion that is not needed since what we have already is enough. Also, Morganton is already experiencing a lot of speeding since it has a 45 mph zone, and a 35 mph zone as well as the “s” curve by the horsetrack that comfuses drivers. It should be 45 mph and the rest 30 mph like Monticello. On the “s” curve a 15mph should be mandatory for all vehicles. Passing the traffic light at 15-501 on Morganton, it becomes the entrance to the beautiful Pinehurst Village that we all love, care and share.


Deb Fitzgerald:

August 7, 2016 at 8:33 am (Edit)I am in total agreement with those that oppose this development. We don’t need another grocery store! It would be overkill our small communities and add unnecessary traffic problems. There is a definite charm to this area and over development will take this away.

Just Say No!


Doug Middaugh:

August 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm (Edit)Everyone thus far seems to be forgetting a few salient points:

#1. In the absence of a professional traffic study no one can say the traffic will increase dramatically on Morganton Road.#2. Forgotten also is the traffic impact on Morganton Rd. as a result of the Morganton North & South development.#3. I don’t remember seeing any reference to what the actual NCDOT rated capacity of Morganton Road is.#4. Publix is a long established chain and I’m sure that they both have a business case proving in a store and that they welcome competition through their customer service and pricing. The answer to the Morganton Rd. exit is for Pinehurst, Southern Pines, NCDOT and developer to sit down together and develop a plan to make Morganton Rd. 4 lanes from CCNC and the 15/501 intersection.



August 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Edit)Mr. Middaugh, this new road and complex be an eyesore for the rest of us. And everyone’s points were well thought out. We DO already have a glut of supermarkets; I get coupons in the mail DAILY because they are already hotly competing with each other, desperate for our business. There ARE many dead unleased buildings in the area, where Publix could go without adding to our traffic and destroying our serenity unnecessarily.Thank you.


Miriam Freeman:

August 4, 2016 at 7:53 pm (Edit)I totally agree with everyone who has posted. I love this area and lived here all my life. But, I wonder about a lot of things as I see building after building going up around here: (1) Who is going to shop at these stores and keep them in business? (2) Where is the water supply coming from? (3) What is happening to all the cooked food that isn’t sold every day? Is it being wastefully thrown away? (4) Do we have enough roads or alternate routes to alleviate monumental congestion that will surely come with it all? (5) What happens if any or many of them fail, as the Bi-Lo, Kroger and K-Mart all had to close their doors years ago? What happens to those buildings then? Do they become big eye sores? I have nothing against Publix grocery stores but can’t it be built in another area? There is a verse in the Bible that I think of all the time as I drive through town and it is in Isaiah, Chapter 5, Vs. 8-9 that reads (from The Good News Bible): You are doomed! You buy more houses and fields to add to those you already have. Soon there will be no place for anyone else to live, and you alone will live in the land. I have heard the Lord Almighty say, “All these big fine houses will be empty ruins.” Paraphrased, this basically means beware that you build one on top of the other until there be no more land. If they knew this that long ago during that time in history, then no one has learned very much except how to be more greedy. I am from Moore County and now live in Pinehurst having been raised in the Eagle Springs area back when it was beautiful, untouched countryside and nothing between there and the Pinehurst circle. I’ve watched urban sprawl grow structure by sructure and am appalled at what is going on now with all these grocery stores!! Really??? Build it across from the largest high school in Moore County??? I work at Pinecrest and I can tell you first hand that traffic will be a nightmare. Has no one on these committees bothered to stop and see what’s happening here? Unbelievable. I lived in Charlotte, NC for about 7 years and swore I’d never live in another area so frustratingly congested and 20 years ago when I moved back here, life was grand. These stores are going to make life around here more stressful and much more diffilcult to get around, and that traffic circle will be a bigger disaster than it already is. Granted, I love the cirlcle… always have… would rather decide when I go than a traffic light decide for me, but I already have to find routes through the neighborhoods to avoid it and get to work on time. Others will have to, also, if a Publix is built. People on the building and city growth committees, I implore you to please stop and rethink all of this. I want to enjoy the rest of my life in Pinehurst, not loathe it. Thanks for the opportunity to submit my opinion. I have never submitted my thoughts on anything like this before, but this issue… It truly bothers me. Please make a better plan. Think it through. Find what works best for both sides so it can be a win-win…. and…. please save some trees while you are at it. ?


Peggy Raney:

August 4, 2016 at 7:52 am (Edit)We do not need another big box grocery store in this area. I don’t even like these big stores. It takes me twice as long to shop in one; spending more time looking for items I need & can no longer find. I’m now shopping more & more at Food Lion & Fresh Market. Both stores are a good size & have the products I need. The original Lowes was a good store but the new one takes forever to get around. You can get lots of exercise in the new Harris Teeter. I would recommend wearing your “Fitbit” on you walk around HT. Besides the inconvience of trying to shop in one of these warehouses the traffic in the Pinehurst area has become a mess. Traffic in the southern part of Moore Co has grown tremendously in the last two years. Please take into consideration some of us enjoy living in a quiet community that is being destroyed by more building.


Sharon & John Widing:

August 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm (Edit)We agree with the previous comments.We come from a community on Long Island, where there is at least 2x the population and half the number of supermarkets. We now have within the Pinehurst/So Pines area : Fresh Market, 2 or more Food Lions, 3 Harris Teeter, 2 Lowes, Walmart, Aldi’s, another in So Pines in place of Bo’s. Why do we need all these. They are basically all duplicates of each other and none of them are ever crowded!!!Furthermore, in the 9 years we have been here, it seems the traffic has at least doubled.We live in Doral Woods, and we often have to wait quite a bit to leave our neighborhood. It must be very difficult for the individual home owners on Morganton Road.If this is so now, what will it be when there is additional traffic in and out of the shopping center. I feel for the folks in CCNCAnd Lawn and Tennis etc.The traffic backs up now whenever someone turns left on eastbound Morganton going into Fox Hollow or Turnbury Wood, and that is now an accident prone area! It will only get worse with the addition of more traffic.I also am worried about our environment. Why would we want a huge shopping area so close to a residential area, with its bright airport lights like at Harris Teeter on 211. Why can’t it locate on vacant land on the east side of 15-501 south of Morganton Rd. Which has become all commercial.I hate to see this northern part of 15-501 turn into another totally commercial area, when there are so many neighborhoods along that road whom I imagine would like to keep the rural look and atmosphere for which the residents moved here. I can just imagine the backups at the traffic circle, and at the Morganton traffic light.We did not move to Pinehurst area to become part of a huge suburb. We moved here for its rural charm and atmosphere.If this is what we are to become, I will be very disheartened. I don’t know if I could move, but I would sure start to think about it.Please do not let this area be spoiled by greedy developers, or whoever else is thinking up these projects.Please keep our wonderful Sandhills the beautiful community it has been.Sharon and John Widing


Evelyn Freeman:

August 3, 2016 at 8:09 am (Edit)I agree that it should not be allowed. I am totally against another grocery store. I’m equally concerned about the impact on the environment and how it might affect the wetlands. We already had two large grocery stores/shopping centers added to our areas in the last year and take a good look to all the beautiful trees that had to be cut down and I get so sad when I drive through these areas. We are already overloaded with grocery stores and shopping centers. In addition, the location is completely unacceptable. Not only will it destroy the Pinehurst Village Charm, but it will add to the traffic problem we already have and should not be allowed near Pinecrest. We have enough problems with traffic around the school and the proximity will be dangerous for our students. Most of us moved to this area because of its calm, quiet surroundings. Soon, we are going to find ourselves in the middle of a large town. We do not need more grocery stores or shopping centers period!!! It will totally destroy the beauty and charm of the area all around. Lets keep Pinehurst beautiful. Please deny these permits that will destroy our area and let’s keep Pinehurst surroundings beautiful. Please vote against it!


Joan Owen:

August 2, 2016 at 8:13 pm (Edit)I am also of the opinion that another grocery store is not needed. I would like to question the wetlands area that are close to the proposed 4 lane connector road. Will the wetlands be affected. I was under the impression nothing was allowed that would destroy wetland areas. Also would the parking lots and paved areas have a detrimental effect on the lakes at CCNC. Not sure that the run off from there into our lakes would be good for the environment.Will a traffic light be necessary to control traffic in and out of the four lanes. I don’t see how traffic can come out of Publix on to Morganton without widening the road and including a traffic light to avoid accidents. This would really be awful if this is planned. After all the trees were taken down for construction of Lowe’s, I hate to think of our road looking the same. Publix and other store signs on Morganton will not be attractive. So unnecessary to ruin such a beautiful place as Pinehurst.


Paul R. Dunn:

August 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm (Edit)As a former supermarket executive I see no logical reason for Publix to enter this already over-stored environment.


Crystal Barbera:

August 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm (Edit)I think this is a huge mistake and should not be allowed. Another grocery store is not necessary, especially near country clubs and situated in a business park. This would be an eyesore, cause unnecessary increases in traffic congestion and further erode the charm, beauty and quaintness of that area. I hope the councils deny these permits and keep our area beautiful.

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