High Point Publix causing local church to move

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Folks in High Point are excited for a popular Southeast supermarket to come to town.

“The food is great, the is soups great, they cater; I’m a Publix fan!” said Alice Wilson, with her sister Pat Jones.

Set back from a corner of Westchester Drive and North Main Street, Publix will be about 49,000 square feet, employing 125 to 150 employees.

“Excellent location, we're going to need a stop light out here, though, we're going to be real busy at Publix, there is going to be a lot of traffic,” Jones said.

The box store is going to require a lot of space. Near Main Street, Bruster’s just closed down and another business is vacant next door. But further down the lot, a whole community will be impacted by the move. The Westchester Baptist Church will need to find a new home.

“We feel that God has inspired it and allowed it to happen and we're excited for what we're going to be five years form today, wherever we are,” said Minister Darryl Bordeaux.

Bordeaux sees this as an opportunity. The church has a two-year lease with the new developer and has been thinking of moving on to a new home for some time.

Westchester Baptist can opt to pay rent after its lease is up, but would prefer to find a new place.

“You're looking at a building that has some inherent problems. 40-plus-year-old building. Codes have changed a lot, things of that nature,” he said.

Bordeaux and the congregation of about 250 will look for a more modern facility to better serve the community and he says they’re close to finding that new space.

Publix is set to be complete in late 2017.

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