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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Final preparations continue during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    John Belford (left) and Mike Vidal work to stock fresh produce at Publix's new Ballantyne store, their first supermarket in NC, during a review event on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Jerry Stock works to attach a sign advertising organic produce at Publix's new Ballantyne store, their first supermarket in NC, during a preview event on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    An open hot foods bar is showcased at Publix's new Ballantyne store, their first supermarket in NC, during a review event on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Chuck Roskovich, Publix Vice-President, Charlotte Division, talks to the assembled group of dignitaries during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    An assembled group of dignitaries listens to Chuck Roskovich, Publix Vice-President, Charlotte Division, during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Chuck Roskovich, Publix Vice-President, Charlotte Division, talks to the assembled group of dignitaries during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Preparations proceed during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Meat manager James Sesto gives a tai to a group during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Barbara Carswell smiles as she moves balloons to a check-out line as preparations continue during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Amanda Desrochers tests out a shopping cart with her son Alex, during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    A group of dignitaries take a tour of an aisle during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    A group of dignitaries take a tour during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Final preparations continue during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Jennifer Hersey (left) and Dawn Stephens apply stickers to fresh pies as final preparations continue during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Ground breaking items are displayed, as final preparations continue during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Publix Event Planner Deborah Mitchell smiles as she walks by fresh flowers as final preparations continue during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Final preparations continue during an open house at Publix's new Ballantyne store, on February 25, 2014. The store officially opens on Wednesday.
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