LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Friday announced it will enter the Asheville and Cary markets in North Carolina.
“We’ve made a commitment to North Carolina and its residents to bring our level of stellar service and quality products to market in order to provide customers with the superior shopping experience they deserve,” stated Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “As company owners, we are passionately focused on our customers. We believe that if we take care of our associates, they in turn will take care of our customers, and together we will make our communities a better place. This is our culture, and we are excited about sharing it with North Carolina just as we have in the other five states in which we operate.”
The Asheville location will be a 49,000-square-foot Publix supermarket that will include a drive-thru pharmacy and is expected to open in 2015.
The Cary store, located in Wake County, also will be a 49,000-square-foot Publix supermarket with a grand opening date tentatively planned for late 2014.
Publix previously announced its first three North Carolina locations, opening one in Ballantyne in early 2014 and two in the greater Charlotte area which is slated for a late 2014 opening date.
And Publix isn't done. "Publix continues to aggressively look for additional locations throughout the state of North Carolina as it strives to meet and exceed the expectations of the communities it will serve," the company stated in a press release.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Publix had bid to acquire Harris Teeter. Kroger Stores is acquiring Harris Teeter. We apologize for the error.
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