What’s blocking the new Publix shopping center at Moncks Corner?

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCBD) – Residents of Moncks Corner have long awaited the opening of a new Publix mall. While the grocery store seems ready to open, many are now wondering “what’s the heist?”

“If you live in the area, you are delighted with the opening of the store. What doesn’t excite us is how long it takes for it to open,” said Robert Esclavon, who occasionally stops in the center to see its progress.

The 75,000 square foot Publix at the new Moncks Corner Market was announced about two years ago. Today things look finished – there are grocery carts inside, light fixtures in place and shelves waiting to be filled. But still, the store sits unopened.

Based on a January 2021 press release, the mall was expected to be completed in June 2022, with Publix expected to open in fall 2022.

“The few people I’ve met say it looks like it’s mid-September before it opens. I don’t know if they know what they’re talking about, but for a store that’s full – except products on the shelves – you wonder what’s holding it back,” Esclavon said.

Esclavon contacted News 2 to find out what was going on. Moncks Corner town leaders said they are awaiting final approval from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

“Right now, we’re just waiting for DHEC to approve the water supply system there. All the engineering has been done – the water is clear, just sign everything off at the DHEC state office and they can start moving people and supplies,” said Douglas Polen, Moncks Community Development Manager Corner. .

One person, who was familiar with the construction project, said they had to wait a few weeks for Berkeley Water and Sanitation to have their water meters installed. This process is now complete and they have been waiting for the DHEC for a week and a half.

DHEC officials tell News 2 they will see what they can do to speed up the rest of the approval process so the store can finally open.

Esclavon said that’s why he called us for help.

“Just having you guys, like you guys, do a little research and maybe push them to get this project moving forward…they’re ready to go I think,” he said.

Moncks Corner officials said once DHEC gives final approval, Publix could open in as little as three to four weeks.