Construction of the New Holland Marketplace shopping center in Gainesville remains on track for a February 2014 opening.
“We’re due to turn over the pad (to Kroger), actually April 15, which we’re on track to do,” said Mike McNicholas, president of the project’s Greenville, S.C.-based developer, Carolina Holdings Inc.
McNicholas said Kroger is bidding out the construction phase of the project and will select the contractor. The contractor will start construction within 60 days of receiving the pad.
After the pad is turned over to Kroger on Monday, McNicholas said, there is a certification process to ensure it is ready for construction.
“For all practical intents and purposes, we have a May 1 pad delivery date, and that’s what has always been scheduled,” he said.
McNicholas said Kroger is scheduled to start construction by July 1, but it could be sooner. Opening of the Kroger, he said, is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2014. McNicholas said it will be the largest format store the company has in the Atlanta metro area.
The city of Gainesville has completed an architectural review of the plans for the Kroger, according to Rusty Ligon, director of the city’s Community Development department.
“We’ve sent that review to the architect with some comments, and when they get back to us, we’ll check off that they’ve addressed those comments and pull the permit” to build the grocery store, he said.
“We will build our shops kiwnd of simultaneous, more or less,” with the Kroger, McNicholas said.
Plans for the development include 400,000 square feet of commercial space, 200,000 square feet of nearby office space and about 300 multifamily residential units. The Kroger will anchor the 68-acre development.
“Interest has been good in both our shops and our outparcels,” he said.
Tenants will include restaurants, convenience stores and medical offices, he said, although he declined to give specific names.
“We’re signing letters of intent, contracts and leases as we go,” McNicholas said.
“What’s encouraging is that, with all the rain that we’ve had, we’re still on track,” he said.