The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to develop a Wegmans grocery store off Fordham Boulevard.
The development, which is located at the current Performance AutoMall site, will include the construction of the 130,000-square-foot grocery store, a parking lot with 750 parking spaces and two electric vehicle charging stations. The development also calls for the demolition of the current building found on the site.
The council passed a resolution last year in conjunction with Orange County to provide the grocery chain with financial incentives to develop a new store in Chapel Hill.
The store is set to create at least 350 jobs for the community under the initial financial incentive agreement that brought Wegmans to Orange County. The chain has also promised to provide a minimum pay of $12 per hour for 70 percent of the store’s full time employees.
Many nearby residents voiced their concerns about increased traffic in their neighborhood at a public hearing held in September. To address this the Council adopted modifications to the development’s traffic management plan Wednesday to allow for direct access to the store from Fordham Boulevard through a service road, which will reduce cut through traffic in nearby neighborhoods.