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Publix forges ahead with North Carolina expansion

The Publix store in South End in Charlotte. The Florida-based grocer will open its westernmost store in North Carolina in Waynesville, which is about 30 miles from Asheville.
The Publix store in South End in Charlotte. The Florida-based grocer will open its westernmost store in North Carolina in Waynesville, which is about 30 miles from Asheville. jkomer@charlotteobserver.com

Publix is continuing its North Carolina takeover.

The Florida-based grocer will open its westernmost store in the state in Waynesville, which is about 30 miles from Asheville.

The 49,000 square-foot grocery store will be in the Waynesville Pavilion, on the southwest corner of Russ Avenue and Great Smokey Mountain Expressway, according to spokeswoman Kimberly Reynolds.

The supermarket will employ approximately 140 people, and it’s set to open sometime in 2019.

Publix will anchor a new development that will also include a 7,200 square-foot, six-tenant building, according to a statement from Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services, the firm behind the project. The Lodge Motel will be razed to make way for the development.

Publix, which opened its first North Carolina store in Ballantyne in 2014, has been gradually filling in the state with new stores.

The supermarket chain earlier this summer announced that it has signed a lease for a store in Ocean Isle Beach, which will be its southernmost location, for instance. Other stores are planned in Surf City and the Outer Banks as well, according to its website.

Publix competes closely with Harris Teeter, and the two grocers often build stores in close proximity to one another in markets like Charlotte.

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