Publix-anchored shopping center planned for Tucker

Officials from Branch Properties, Publix and city of Tucker broke ground Nov. 5 at the location of the future Hugh Howell Marketplace.

Officials from Branch Properties—an Atlanta-based private real estate investment firm focused on grocery store anchored shopping centers—said Hugh Howell Marketplace is slated for completion in late summer 2021 and will span 89,510 square feet on the corner of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard at 4650 Hugh Howell Road in Tucker.

Officials from Branch Properties and Tucker said the shopping center will address the needs of residents of Tucker and the Smoke Rise neighborhood.

“This has been a long time coming,” said councilmember Pat Soltys. “We have now put another jewel in the ground for Tucker that ensures not only our economic stability and meets the needs of our consumers in the area, but also … helps people with job opportunities and helps people see other ways to meet their needs.”

The shopping center will be anchored by a 48,387-square-foot Publix supermarket, which is relocating from 4422 Hugh Howell Road. Branch Properties officials said the development will include space for a variety of retail and service offerings, and that Chase Bank has signed on to occupy space in the center. 

Branch Properties President Nick Telesca thanked Tucker officials for helping with the permitting process, and he said construction will begin Nov. 6.

“Hugh Howell Marketplace will bring an elevated and convenient shopping experience to the Tucker community, with opportunities to shop, dine and more, all within one development,” said Telesca. “We are grateful to the city of Tucker officials, our development partners and our partners at Publix who have made and continue to make this project a smooth process.”

Mayor Frank Auman acknowledged staff from Tucker and Branch Properties for continuing to work on the project throughout the pandemic.

He said, “$25 million in the middle of a pandemic and we’re about to go break ground because the future is coming. I’m grateful for our city council and city staff who also worked through [the pandemic].”