Publix announces official plans to replace Martin’s on Forest Hill Avenue

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Publix has officially announced plans to open a grocery store in Richmond’s southside.

The new store will take over in the space previously occupied by Martin’s in the Shops at Stratford Hills on Forest Hill Avenue. The shopping center also houses a Target and several restaurants and is right off of Chippenham Parkway.

While Publix announced last month that the supermarket chain had purchased the land, it was announced Tuesday that they plan to acquire the lease and anticipate closing before the end of the year. An opening date is still to be determined.

Meanwhile, area shoppers said they are excited to have a grocery store returning to the shopping center.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for people in the community,” local resident William Carter said. “I think it gives them another option for a grocery store. It’s definitely a great solution for consumers.”

Others say that while there are other options nearby, having multiple grocery stores is a good thing.

“It’s good to have the competition of other stores.”

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