The Ledger’s Kevin Bouffard breaks news that the Publix Supermarket at Grove Park Shopping Plaza will be torn down and replaced by a slightly larger structure that will include a pharmacy and liquor store. The owners two small businesses say the Publix expansion is pushing them out. Shopping center owner Forge Capital Partners has cancelled the leases of:

  • Liquor and Tobacco owned by Mike and Jay Patel for 15 years. The Patels had not started re-negotiating a five-year lease that ended last month, and industry observers told The Ledger that their store was probably the victim of an “exclusive use clause” giving Publix sole right to peddle liquor in the plaza.
  • The Mail Room owned by Jack Frankenberger for 18 years. Frankenberger had switched to a month-to-month lease, giving him little leverage when Publix wanted to expand into his space.

The other business affected by the Publix expansion is Chamberlin Natural Foods, which plans to move to another Grove Park location.

Source: The Ledger

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