Southside retail continues to pop.
Ingles is planning a new superstore at its Spartanburg Highway location across from Harris-Teeter, adding one more big retail project to a flurry of new store construction and old store expansion in the south gateway area.
The Black Mountain supermarket chain filed plans with the city to replace the old store with a new 77,427-square-foot store, more than double the current size. Ingles filed a site plan more than a year ago to build the new store. It held a neighborhood compatibility hearing — the first step in the approval process for large developments — before plans stalled. The grocery chain has resurrected the plans, which include a drive-through pharmacy and a Gas Express.
Ingles and property owner William Pace have filed a request to close unused portions of Joel Wright Drive and Copper Penny Street. The roadways are officially platted right-of-way but not maintained as city streets. The Joel Wright Drive right-of-way runs in front of the Ingles and CVS store building and Copper Penny Street runs behind it.
The CVS store plans to move to a new 12,000-square-foot store on South Main Street at the old Mr. Gatti's property, where four buildings will be bulldozed. City planners are currently reviewing a final site plan that engineers have filed for that construction job.
At the Southgate shopping center Fresh Market is adding 10,000 square feet and Stein Mart is doubling in size to 29,100 square feet. Work is under way there on parking lot improvements that will include new sidewalks, tree islands, lighting and signage.