Opelika, Alabama is about to welcome a new shopping landmark. Residents of the city can look forward to a brand-new Publix Supermarket, set to occupy a prime spot in an upcoming shopping center. This exciting project, located on the untouched 12-acre site at the southwest corner of U.S. 280 (Birmingham Hwy) and Veterans Parkway, is a venture by MAB American Management LLC. The shopping center is projected to cover a whopping 65,000 square feet, with Publix Supermarket comfortably taking up a generous 49,000 square feet

The new Publix will be on the southwest corner of U.S. 280 (Birmingham Hwy) and Veterans Parkway
The new Publix will be on the southwest corner of U.S. 280 (Birmingham Hwy) and Veterans Parkway

Publix Supermarket has a rich history dating back to its foundation in 1930 by George W. Jenkins. From its beginnings in Winter Haven, Florida, the supermarket chain has grown exponentially over the decades. Today, Publix boasts over 1,200 locations spread across seven southeastern states – Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Publix carries a comprehensive selection of groceries, including fresh produce, bakery and deli items, meat and seafood, and health and beauty products. Additionally, many locations feature pharmacies and liquor stores.

Opelika City Hall Memorial

Location History

The corner of U.S. 280 and Veterans Parkway, where the shopping center is being developed, was created in the late 1990s when Veterans Parkway was paved. Since then, this 12-acre site has remained untouched and undeveloped. Its transformation into a bustling shopping center, anchored by a high-quality supermarket like Publix, marks the first major development for the site.

1997 Google aerial image during Veterans Pkwy construction.
Same view 15 years later.
Street View image of the future Publix location from the Veterans Pkwy and Birmingham Hwy intersection.

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