Florida grocery chain Publix is planning another West Knox County location.
Keith Widmer, president of First Commercial Real Estate, said Friday that Publix has signed a lease in connection with a Farragut property located just west of JCPenney, in the Turkey Creek shopping center.
Widmer said his company will develop a 49,098-square foot store, plus 15,000 feet of small shop space. He said the goal is to open the store in late 2012.
"If you're in Nashville and Chattanooga, distribution-wise Knoxville makes sense," Widmer said. "We felt like Turkey Creek could be their flagship store."
Earlier this year, Publix signed a deal for a store at the Northshore Town Center development. At the time, it said additional Knoxville sites would be identified as they were confirmed.
A flurry of national retailers have announced plans to enter the Knoxville market in recent months, including Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Academy Sports.
Earlier this week, the Scope reported that fashion retailer Urban Outfitters is also considering Knoxville.
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