MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - After a lengthy legal battle, construction will soon begin on a new Publix supermarket in Moultrie.
This week, a Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of Colquitt County after a developer sued claiming the bidding and sales process for the land for the project illegal.
Leaders and shoppers say they're eager to get the project going.
Excited would be an understatement for how residents feel now that this 'Coming Soon' sign is up.
Darrell Moore, Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority President, said, "This is going to be huge. Probably the biggest retail development we've had in 20 years or more."
But it wasn't a quick process.
Moore said the lawsuit was a roadblock in the highly anticipated project.
"We're excited and ready to move forward," said Moore. "Put this behind us and move forward and work with the developer on this project and anybody else that wants to help us create jobs and create investment in Colquitt County."
Moore said Teramore Development's plans show the supermarket as the anchor of the land, with a strip center that will hold four to five restaurants.
"What we're projecting with all of it is 200 to 250 new jobs and 40 to 50 million dollars a year in retail sales," said Moore.
This will bring money into the community that Moore said will increase sales tax collections for the city, county, and school board.
And city council member Angela Castellow said having a Publix in town has more than economic benefits.
"I do have friends who go out of town to Publix, actually," she said. "So they'll be excited to not have to travel."
Moore said construction should begin within the next month and the 12 million dollar supermarket should be completed by next summer.