Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.
Workers said it would take two to three weeks to knock down the walls, tear out the insides and remove the debris from the property.
Plans to build a new 42,000-square-foot grocery store and an accompanying 12-pump fueling station proved controversial in recent months.
Residents of neighborhoods near the shopping center turned out at City Council meetings to voice their opposition to the redevelopment. They held protests and worked with business owners there to fight the project.
City Council approved a rezoning needed for the redevelopment to proceed.
What company will operate the grocery store has been the source of speculation.
Residents made no effort to hide their objection to the rumored prospect that Wal-Mart might be moving in.
But the developer, Polestar LLC, repeatedly declined to announce the tenant.
Representatives with Polestar told The Times this week an announcement would likely be coming “very soon.”
Meanwhile, part of the Lanier Commons shopping center on Browns Bridge Road also is being demolished.
Polestar is redeveloping this site for another grocery store and gas station, and an announcement on the tenant also is expected soon.