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On Memorial Drive, massive Publix soon to open at Fuqua’s Madison Yards complex

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The new grocery store will be just a stone’s throw from a Kroger at the developer’s nearby community

A rendering illustrating the Madison Yards overview.
The Madison Yards overview, where Memorial Drive will meet the Beltline’s Eastside Trail extension at bottom left.
Vantage Realty Partners

In the not-too-distant future, avid grocery shoppers will have to decide where their allegiances lie.

Less than a mile from the relatively new Glenwood Park-adjacent Kroger—also known as “Krobar”—Fuqua Development is soon to debut a massive, competing grocery store.

Expected to span more than 50,000 square feet, the Publix at Fuqua’s under-construction mixed-use development Madison Yards on Memorial Drive is slated to open its doors on June 26, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Just across the street from the latest, nearly complete extension of the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, Madison Yards is also projected to deliver a much-anticipated movie theater, a milder, express version of Hooters called Hoots, Marlow’s Tavern, and other food and retail options to the Reynoldstown project.

The soon-to-open Publix will be one of the company’s largest Atlanta locations, although Kroger loyalists might be quick to point out that developer New City’s under-construction store in Poncey-Highland is supposed to be a bit bigger.

The Beltline trail that will link to Madison Yards at the corner of Memorial and Bill Kennedy Way is on track to open later this month, project officials previously told Curbed Atlanta.

Once complete, pedestrians, cyclists, and e-scooter users will be able to ride from Piedmont Park to Memorial Drive without leaving the paved path.

Fuqua is also in the process of building roughly 1,800 feet of trail for the Beltline—construction that’s been frustrating traffic at the already busy Bill Kennedy Way intersection that heads south toward and past Krobar.

This news about the Beltline and the upcoming Publix represents just a fraction of the action taking place on the fast-evolving Memorial Drive corridor.

Just west of the Madison Yards development, for example, Paces Properties’ Atlanta Dairies project has finally been activated, with tenants moving into the 300-unit apartment complex and a new coffee shop opening up.

a picture of the development
The Atlanta Dairies project.
Photos: Sean Keenan, Curbed Atlanta