Publix today cleared the final hurdle in what was a nearly two-year series of challenges prior to the planned opening on Wednesday, Aug. 6.


The Chattanooga Beer & Wrecker board gave a final OK today to sell alcohol at the North Market Street grocery store.


It’s been a long road since the fall of 2012 for the Florida-based chain and its North Chattanooga plans, which first entered the public eye in September 2012 when a then-unnamed grocery store presented a plan to build what appeared to be a suburban grocery store design adjacent to the urban landscape of Chattanooga’s North Shore.


Members of the public and the North Shore Design Review Committee challenged the design, calling for a more urban, street-friendly design, before ultimately compromising when pressure was brought to bear from political officials who had already negotiated with Publix to bring the store to Chattanooga.


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