Tullahoma gets Publix supermarket

The City of Tullahoma announced last Tuesday (Aug. 22) that Publix Super Markets, Inc. will open its first store in Tullahoma at Northgate Mall on North Jackson Street. The 46,000-square-foot store is expected to open in late 2018. “ This is great news for Tullahoma and the region,” said Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee. “I’m excited that one of the most respected companies in America is coming to town. I appreciate their investment and confidence in our community as it represents a new season of retail and commercial development for our City, and the entire area.” The Mayor continued by thanking many other people involved in the process, including the City’s Retail Consulting firm and the local support team that worked behind the scenes to make Publix and other prospective retailers aware of the advantages of the Tullahoma marketplace. During the three-plus years that the project has been developing, a group of local city government leaders has also worked hard behind-the-scenes to bring Publix to Tullahoma. Curlee thanked the local team partnership for their hard work. “Tullahoma will be one of the smallest cities in middle Tennessee to have a Publix store. This indicates to me a confidence Publix has in Tullahoma and our region. The addition of Publix will continue to position Tullahoma as a retail destination. Publix will also bring well-paying jobs and opportunities for advancement to our region. Publix is consistently recognized as one of the best companies to work for in America,” Curlee said. “ Our city staff, including the Planning and Codes Department, Community Coordinator Winston Brooks, St. John Engineering, the City’s Engineering Consulting firm, and Brian Skelton and his team at the Tullahoma Utilities Authority have put in countless hours of hard work over the last several years to turn this development from a dream to a reality,” said Curlee. The Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation (TAEDC) congratulated the developers and expressed its belief that this project would have a lasting economic impact for the entire region. TAEDC Board Chairman Lynn Sebourn was especially excited to learn of the Publix project announcement. “ We worked for well over two years with the developers to help put some of the funding in place to make this project possible,” Sebourn said. “ It is our desire to work with these and other developers of various projects to bring more retail growth to our area,” Sebourn added. Sebourn also added that the support of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Coffee County Commission, by approving the concept of the tax increment financing, or TIF program, was instrumental in making the development possible. The grand opening dates for the new location will depend on several factors, including permitting and completion of the store’s construction. For additional information, please contact www.publix.com.