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Western Supermarkets disbanding, Publix to buy two locations

Posted: January 4th, 2019, 11:01 am
by cathandler
Another supermarket institution dies today along with King Kullen as the 70-year-old Birmingham, AL chain calls it quits
https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2019 ... nding.html

Re: Western Supermarkets disbanding, Publix to buy two locations

Posted: January 7th, 2019, 6:58 am
by pseudo3d
cathandler wrote:
January 4th, 2019, 11:01 am
Another supermarket institution dies today along with King Kullen as the 70-year-old Birmingham, AL chain calls it quits
https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2019 ... nding.html
Only four locations, looks like, and none of them in particularly good shape for two to close and one to get rebuilt as a Publix. Only one will actually continue to be a grocery store, with Greenwise going in instead.

Re: Western Supermarkets disbanding, Publix to buy two locations

Posted: January 8th, 2019, 7:16 am
by Knight
Western Market has three locations. One location is closing outright as it is being redeveloped into a mixed use development.

The affeceted locations being acquired by Publix Super Markets:
  • (Mountain Brook) 1000 Jemison Lane, Birmingham (Jefferson County), Alabama 35223-1001
  • Rocky Ridge Square, 3350 Morgan Drive, Vestavia Hills (Jefferson County), Alabama 35216-3052
The Mountain Brook location will become a GreenWise Market. It will be the first GreenWise Market location in Alabama and the seventh GreenWise Market location company-wide. GreenWise Market should open between July and September.

The Rocky Ridge Square location was initially Winn-Dixie. (Winn-DIxie replaced its Rocky Ridge Square location with a Winn-DIxie Marketplace store at 1300 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35216-2702. WInn-Dixie Marketplace was replaced by Walmart Neighborhood Market #4580.) Publix Super Markets will demolish Western Market and the adjacent former Rocky Ridge Drug Company for a 35,000-square-foot Publix supermarket with food and pharmacy.

Re: Western Supermarkets disbanding, Publix to buy two locations

Posted: January 9th, 2019, 2:56 pm
by buckguy
It's not unusual for Publix to tear down stores and build new ones and sometimes, they are close in size to the ones they demolish--there were several A&Ps in the Atlanta area like this and the stores were not especially old (probably less than 20 years old) and often newer than stores that they kept intact.