Mount Pleasant will be the site of Publix Super Markets' second newly redesigned smaller-format grocery store.
The company announced Monday that its 25,000-square-foot GreenWise Market will focus on specialty and organic products. It's expected to open in 2019 in Indigo Square, a mixed-use development south of the Isle of Palms Connector on U.S. Highway 17.
The company signed a lease for the site between Olive Branch AME Church and Cactus Car Wash two weeks ago, but a spokeswoman did not have all of the details until Monday. The Post and Courier reported the lease agreement last week.
“We’re excited to bring GreenWise Market to the Mount Pleasant community,” said Kevin Murphy, senior vice president of retail operations for Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix.
“We’re creating an environment where fresh, specialty, natural and organic food is celebrated," Murphy said. "We’ll have something for everyone, from the indulgent foodie ready to discover something new to the health-conscious shopper seeking fresh, high-quality ingredients.”
Publix is leasing the property from Regency Centers Corp., which owns grocery-anchored shopping centers and bought 8 acres in Indigo Square from Spartanburg-based Johnson Development Group.
“GreenWise Market is the perfect foundation for a project that will also feature excellent local and national tenants catering to the same discerning local customer," said Chris Widmayer, vice president of Regency Centers.
Publix opened its first GreenWise store a decade ago and went on to build two more, all in its home state.
It relaunched the concept this year by announcing plans for a slimmed-down location near Florida State University in Tallahassee that's expected to open in late 2018. The Mount Pleasant store will be second to be developed under the retooled format, spokeswoman Kimberly Reynolds said.
Publix said it continues to look for additional GreenWise locations throughout its operating areas.
Publix also recently purchased 10 acres at Beech Hill Road and Summers Drive south of Summerville for a conventional supermarket. The site is across from the developing Summers Corner neighborhood.
The grocer already has 12 grocery stores in the Charleston region, including three in Mount Pleasant and two in Summerville.
The chain also plans to add locations on Folly Road on James Island, at the WestEdge neighborhood on the Charleston peninsula and in Cainhoy Plantation off Clements Ferry Road.
With sales of $34 billion last year, Publix operates 1,162 stores across the Southeast and has been ranked among the top grocery store chains in the nation.