Publix Super Markets, the Florida-based grocery chain that has been expanding into North Carolina, will open its first store in the Triangle in Cary.
The company announced Friday that it would open a store in the Bradford shopping center, a retail, office and residential development under construction at the corner of Davis and High House roads.
Publix’s 49,000-square-foot store in Cary is expected to open in late 2014. The company also announced Friday that it would open a store in Asheville.
Publix had previously announced plans to open three stores in Charlotte.
The company’s arrival in the Triangle will escalate the already fierce competition at both the high-end and low-end segments of the region’s grocery market. Publix is positioned at the higher end of the market, and it’s expansion into the Triangle comes less than a month after Matthews-based Harris Teeter announced that it was being acquired by Kroger.
Competition from rival grocers such as Publix was said to have influenced Harris Teeter’s decision to sell.
“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,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director, in a statement.
Publix, founded in Florida in 1930, spent more than six decades growing in its home state. The privately held, employee-owned chain didn’t open its first store outside the state, in Savannah, Ga., until 1991.
Today it operates 1,072 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.
Publix will anchor the 42-acre Bradford development in west Cary, which is adjacent to the SearStone retirement community now under construction. The project also includes 370 apartments and 20 townhomes.