Federal Point Shopping Center demolition underway, Publix in Carolina Beach hopes to open by…

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The demolition of the Federal Point Shopping Center in Carolina Beach (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

CAROLINA BEACH — The grocery wars in Carolina Beach between Harris Teeter and Publix move forward with an apparent victory for developers at the old Federal Point Shopping Center who were issued a building permit from the town earlier this month.

According to an announcement from the town, the developers behind the new Publix are planning to open around July of 2019.

The developers behind the two grocery stores have been battling in court since last year when the Town of Carolina Beach Town Council approved a conditional use permit for the construction of a then-unknown grocery store.

It has seen been noted in several official documents that the store planned for Federal Point Shopping Center is a Publix.

The developer behind the promised Harris Teeter was not happy with the town issuing the permit to the Publix developers and has attempted to stop the development from taking place through legal means — so far, it has only delayed the construction.

In November, after filing counterclaims against Harris Teeter, a hearing for a motion to dismiss Publix’s claims was held Dec. 6. Court documents have not yet been updated to reflect the judge’s ruling on the request and court staff did not have an answer on whether or not the motion was approved.

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