Continuing its push into North Carolina, Publix will open a store in Boone in 2017.
The new supermarket will be on the site of a former K-Mart at Blowing Rock Road and Postal Street, about a mile down the road from Appalachian State University’s campus and directly across the street from Harris Teeter.
The store will be about 49,000 square feet and will include a drive-through Publix Pharmacy, according to a statement from the Florida-based grocer this week.
A typical Publix store will take on between 125 and 150 workers, with the majority being local hires, Publix added.
Publix has been expanding rapidly thoughout North Carolina since opening its first store in the state in Ballantyne in early 2014. The grocer competes closely with Matthews-based Harris Teeter and often builds its new stores close to Harris Teeter stores.
This will be Publix’s first Boone store. The grocer operates a supermarket on Hendersonville Road in Asheville and plans to open one in nearby Weaverville in 2017.