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Intersection of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road. (WGHP file photo)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The company that won a hard-fought battle to develop a retail and residential center at the northwest corner of Hobbs Road and Friendly Avenue has dropped plans to build a grocery store as the site’s centerpiece, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Jack Halpern, chairman of Halpern Enterprises of Atlanta, said today that the company dropped plans to build a marquee grocery store because it would require too much parking to accommodate the other retailers the company had hoped to recruit.

“Grocery stores require an abundance of parking and tractor trailer access,” Halpern said, “that eats up space.”

Initial plans shown during rezoning hearings in 2015 suggested a potential 35,000 square-foot grocery store would fit on the site along with a variety of smaller shops.

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