Publix enters North Carolina

Publix is making its North Carolina debut with the planned opening of a new store in the greater Charlotte area.

The company has signed a lease for a store at Providence Road West and Johnston Road in Ballantyne. The store will be part of a new division based in Charlotte.

While Ballantyne marks Publix’s long awaited entry into North Carolina, the company is looking ahead to continued growth within the state and in its current operating areas of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

Publix CEO, Ed Crenshaw, commented on the new market. “Our customers and associates have long asked us to come to North Carolina. We look forward to providing the Charlotte community with the high quality service and products that our customers have come to expect and that have earned us recognition throughout the industry. I am proud of our associate owners for their commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations, which has allowed Publix to continue to grow in new markets.”

The grand opening date for the North Carolina location will depend on several factors, including permitting and completion of the store’s construction; however, the opening is tentatively planned for early 2014.