Mystery grocer could anchor center

The Florida-based developer who hopes to bring a new national grocery chain to Mint Hill will host a public information meeting on the project Thursday, March 7.

The meeting runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mint Hill Library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, and will include a presentation of the proposal and time for residents to ask questions, Town Planner John Hoard said.

Developers who want to build a non-residential project adjacent to a residential area are required by the town’s Unified Development Ordinance to host a public meeting early in the process, he said. A traffic study is being conducted for the project, which touches Farmwood East.

The Stiles Corporation proposes building a 65,000-square-foot retail shopping center on about 50 acres bordered by Matthews-Mint Hill and Lawyers roads, across from Jimmie’s Restaurant, said Stiles’ Scott McClaren. If approved, the center would be anchored by an un-named 49,000-square-foot grocery store. McClaren says he can’t name the grocer yet because negotiations are ongoing. A check of the Stiles website shows the company has done extensive work with Publix.

McClaren told Mint Hill commissioners during a January developers’ workshop, his company also would like to include a drive-thru business at the site. Drive-thrus aren’t allowed in the downtown overlay district without commissioner approval.

For more information about the proposal, call the Stiles Corporation’s Karen James at 954-627-9200 or email  karen.james@stiles.com.

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