Oh, yes. Several years ago that same property was being eyed for a large development. However, the developer also needed the property where the Shell station is located to seal the deal. The owners of the Shell strip center refused to sale. They are immigrants to this country and even though the Murfreesboro Post quoted the developer as saying he told them to name their price, the owners were not willing sell. They like what they have and they respect the homeowners who they consider their neighbors and customers.
City Planning Director, Joseph Aydelott, told a group of homeowners in 2011 that Wal-Mart, Target and Lowe’s were considering this area. He stated that he supported a large commercial development on that property.
Meanwhile, to give you a little perspective, check out this zoning map and notice the size of Publix shopping center down the street and compare its size to the property being considered for rezoning.
Publix is well-known for making its stores fit the location rather than selecting sites based on an inflexible store prototype. While its suburban grocery store prototype is 61,000 square feet, Publix also has a 27,000 square-foot prototype (and several other prototypes in between) for locations it needs to squeeze into.
Here is a list of sizes to help you further in understanding this concerns. Keep in mind, they also have to allow for ample parking.
• Average Rite Aid: 13,000 sq. ft.
• Average Barnes & Noble: 25,000 sq. ft.
• Average Best Buy: 37,000 sq. ft.
• Supermarkets: range from 10,000 to 90,000 sq. ft. and average 44,000 sq. ft.
• Football field: 57,000 sq. ft.
• Average Home Depot (including garden area): 128,000 sq. ft.
• Wal-Mart supercenters: range from 99,000 to 250,000 sq. ft. and average 187,000 sq. ft.
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