This intersection at Airport and University has had its share of problems. An AL.com story this year showed it had the most fire rescue calls in the city for 2012. In 2001 State Farm cited it as the most dangerous intersection in Alabama. With the opening of a new Publix store that means more traffic, but it's hard to find a shopper worried about it.
"No, it's not, I live right up the street here so just use your lights to get here," says the second shopper waiting in line, Nicole Eaton. You'll definitely need to use your lights here. Making a left turn out of the parking lot is impossible--meaning you have to hang a u-turn if you want to head south or east of the store.
"We trust in the mayor's office, city officials, that help with infrastructure, we believe there's room for another grocery store, Publix has been highly sought after and we sort of teased them along the way," says Dwayne Stevens with Publix marketing. The new store sits in what's becoming a supermarket hub.
There's a Belle Foods across the street. Roughly 1.3 miles east is Fresh Market. In two years it will be joined by a Whole Foods.
Publix seems to have very loyal customers. The store had a long line of customers--some waiting more than two hours for it to open. The Publix fan base seems to outweigh any traffic problems today.