First, it appears that Publix is working on a second store location in Asheville. He points to this post regarding a Publix project constructiondatacompany.com, which is new construction. This store would be 50,000 square feet. As we know, Publix is preparing to open its first Asheville store on Hendersonville Road this month. I don’t have an exact opening date yet.
Tiger followed up with this note regarding Lowe’s Foods:
Last Friday, Lowe’s Foods announced it is entering the Greenville, South Carolina area and exiting the Gastonia, North Carolina area with the closure of two stores. It is looking to ether three unidentified new markets.
Lowe’s Foods has one site confirmed in Greer, another site in the Verdae area and is looking for a location in Greenville’s downtown.
Lowe’s Foods had a brief presence in Asheville. Its Hendersonville Road store was one of six Harris Teeter stores acquired in an asset swap in 2012. As of Wednesday, 1 April, five of these stores in Asheville, Gastonia, Morganton and Shelby will have closed. The Asheville store was open briefly until its closure in December 2012.
I wonder if one of the three unidentified markets would be Asheville and western North Carolina.
Lowe’s Foods has not done well in the Charlotte region. It appears all of its stores lack pharmacies, and few stores have fueling stations. Its meat, produce and delicatessen service departments and beer and wine section have enhanced specialty services. I am skeptical why it would leapfrog a failed region to enter the upstate South Carolina, which is dominated by Bi-Lo, Ingle’s, Publix and Walmart and is about to see Kroger/Harris Teeter in 2016.