Publix opened its first in-store Starbucks in North Carolina Friday morning in Ballantyne, the Florida-based grocer’s first local store that opened in early 2014.
Publix began construction on the Ballantyne cafe, as well as another one at its supermarket in South End, in November.
The South End cafe will open in February, though an exact date is not yet available, according to spokeswoman Kimberley Reynolds.
Based in Lakeland, Fla., Publix has been gradually replacing its in-house cafes with Starbucks kiosks across its footprint in recent months, according to news reports.
The cafes should help Publix woo customers – Charlotte’s grocery market industry is a competitive one. Publix competes for customers most closely with Matthews-based Harris Teeter, which already has Starbucks kiosks in many of its area stores.
The Ballantyne Publix is at 11222 Providence Road West, and the South End store is at 2222 South Blvd.