What's In Store

Publix ‘would love to be in uptown’ Charlotte

The Publix in South End opened in April.
The Publix in South End opened in April. jkomer@charlotteobserver.com

Publix Super Markets wants to keep expanding in North Carolina and more specifically in Charlotte – possibly uptown.

Speaking Tuesday to the Rotary Club of Charlotte, Publix spokeswoman Kimberly Reynolds said the supermarket chain would “love to be in uptown” someday. The chain does not have any announced sites there yet.

“We are always looking,” Reynolds said. “We just want to be all across North Carolina.”

Reynolds called the state “an extension” of Publix’s geography, since it’s been operating in South Carolina for over two decades. Charlotte is the No. 1 place requested by previous customers for Publix to expand into, Reynolds added.

Since breaking into the Charlotte market, Reynolds said, Publix has been “blown away by the success not only of the store but the welcoming of the community.”

Publix, based in Florida, began an aggressive push into North Carolina last year, often building stores within blocks of competitor Harris Teeter. The grocer opened a South End store this spring, and another much-talked about store is slated to open in Cotswold in 2017.

The chain will open stores in Lake Wylie and Concord this year and, in 2016 will open stores in Prosperity Village, Mooresville and Gastonia.

Publix currently operates 12 stores in the greater Charlotte area.

Last year, Publix was the No. 6 grocer in the Charlotte metro by market share, according to sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide. Its market share had grown more of any area grocer since 2013.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta