Despite recent activity on the property owned by Ingles, it appears that the Asheville-based grocery chain is not yet moving forward with construction of a store.
The land, located on East Main Street in Boger City, has remained relatively untouched since the company decided last spring to put on hold any plans for constructing a store after reportedly focusing its efforts on building a distribution center elsewhere.
Lincolnton Planning Director Laura Simmons told the Times-News Tuesday that the work currently under way on the property is simply to repair a sewer line and is not an indication that Ingles is beginning construction of the store.
As the Times-News previously reported, the company had intended to start work on the local store in March or April of last year, prior to it becoming clear that those plans were to be set aside indefinitely.
The grocery chain’s construction efforts on the site of the former textile mill were originally stalled due to ongoing negotiations regarding a right of way with CSX Railroad, whose track is located just south of the property.