JOHNSTON COUNTY — The countdown is on for the debut of the areas long-awaited first Harris Teeter supermarket.
By mid-summer, residents east of Clayton near NC 42 and Buffalo Road will enjoy retail shopping options with the opening of Flowers Crossroads, a mix of shops and restaurants covering 28 acres in the Village at Flowers Plantation.
Construction began last fall and is moving according to schedule, said Reid Stephenson, a representative for the River Dell Company. Framework for anchor store Harris Teeter is complete and crews are currently applying brickwork to the foundation.
A targeted grand opening date has been set for Aug. 1.
The 53,000-square foot store will offer a drive-through pharmacy, Express Lane online shopping plus a Starbucks, according to company spokesperson Danna Jones.
One of the main reasons why the Matthews, NC based chain chose Flowers Crossroads to host the countys first Harris Teeter location was the large number of homes in area, she said.
Two additional retail outparcels located on either side of the store, totaling 14,000-sq-feet, are also under construction and expected to open prior to the supermarket. River Dell, the sites owner, has contracted with Charlotte based developer Crosland Southeast to handle leasing agreements. Stephenson said contracts have yet to be finalized but residents could expect to see hair and nail salons and possibly restaurants occupying the space.
Were very excited, Stephenson said. Current residents, as well as new homeowners and prospective buyers, are also excited for Flowers Crossroads.
Marie Marshal is a resident of the Villages at Flowers Planation. For four years shes been anticipating the prospect of having conveniences within walking distance.
Ive been looking forward to having growth in this area, especially restaurants, said Marshal, who currently travels to Raleigh with her husband twice a week to dine. Im hoping by having a large store opening in this area that it will attract other retail businesses. Thats something this part of town is lacking.
Thats certainly what were hoping to attract, said Stephenson. Wed like to get some nice restaurants and fast food options hopefully in there somewhere.
Shoppers shouldnt worry about recent reports of a possible sale of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. Stephenson said his offices received an email from the company assuring them the new store will proceed as planned.
It is our understanding that the name will remain the same even if they sell, he added.
Future plans for Flowers Crossroads allow parcels for banks, fast food restaurants and medical facilities which will bear the Duke Medical name. Negotiations with CVS Pharmacy are underway for a site on the corner of the property and land west of the shopping center has an area dedicated for a continuing care retirement community.
NC DOT crews are currently at work completing a lane widening project on Buffalo Road to accommodate the increase in traffic.