Florida-based Publix recently announced plans to open a Charlotte store in 2014. Will Asheville be far behind? We’re already on tap to get a new Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s on Merrimon Avenue. Toss in Asheville-based Ingles, Earth Fare, Greenlife/Whole Foods, Aldi, Walmart, Target and Amazing Savings. What am I missing?
Here are the basics on Publix from the Charlotte Observer:
Florida-based supermarket company Publix plans to open its first Charlotte store in early 2014, adding a fierce competitor to the region’s upscale grocery market, the retailer said Wednesday.
The store, at Providence Road West and Johnston Road in Ballantyne, is the first step in Publix’s expansion into North Carolina. Publix is the largest new entrant into the Charlotte grocery market in years.
Publix said it plans to expand further in the state. Company executives said Publix will open a Charlotte division, with a divisional vice president and a leadership team based in the city, to oversee the expansion.
The story goes on to quote a grocery store expert as saying that Publix does not enter a market just to be another player – they play to win.