MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Grocery shoppers in Colquitt county were coming in by the hundreds Wednesday morning to celebrate the new Publix on Veterans Parkway.
After a lengthy legal battle over the land, Teramore Development and Colquitt county were eager to begin construction on the new Publix.
And now, almost 10 months later, the shelves are stocked, and the store is officially open.
"We had upwards of about a hundred people lined up this morning before the store even opened," said store manager Glen Fogle.
The parking lot was full as people from around town stopped by, eager to see the finished product.
Moultrie resident Belinda Wiley said, "Oh, it's so great. I love it. I've been waiting on this moment!"
Belinda Wiley is one of hundreds of Moultrie residents who have decided to travel outside of town to get their groceries.
"We've been actually going to Thomasville and Tifton when I need to go and do a few errands," said customer Van Denise Kinchen. "Now I don't have to. I can just go to Publix here in Moultrie and do all my shopping."
But it's not just convenience that this Publix offers to residents in Colquitt county.
"It's probably going to generate between $40 and $50 million a year in annual retail sales when everything is built out. And that's the grocery store, the strip center, and three out parcels," said Development Authority President Darrell Moore.
And on top of the sales, Publix is expected to employ approximately 150 people.
"I'm going to be shopping here about two or three times a week," said Wiley.
Whether it's for your everyday necessities, or for that irresistible treat, either way Moultrie folks won't be making the drive out of town any longer to experience this.
"A slice of cake! They have wonderful cakes. Oh my gosh, they taste so good!" said Kinchen. "Jump in the car, go right over there, and get what I need!"
The store is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.