A best-kept Southern secret grocery store has been working hard to share its secret. It is known throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and both Carolinas for its sub sandwiches, BOGO specials, and hot deli selections.
Even though Publix currently has 1,297 locations, it has been thinking about further growth—most notably in the state of Kentucky.
The grocery giant recently revealed plans for a third location in the new state while simultaneously announcing that construction on its first store in The Bluegrass State began on June 23.
The first location outside of Florida will contain a drive-thru pharmacy and an adjacent Publix Liquor store when it debuts in Louisville at the end of 2023.
In Louisville, a new site will debut in 2024. Later that year, Lexington will see the opening of the final Kentucky store. Additionally, these two locations will contain a Publix Liquor store and a pharmacy with a drive-thru.
Todd Jones, the CEO of Publix Super Markets, expressed excitement about the growth as the company broke ground in its eighth state.
When company's founder, George Jenkins, launched the first Publix, he set out to build a better grocery store—one that prioritised its employees and patrons.
After more than 90 years, we've remained committed to our principles, which include helping the local communities where we live and work. Kentuckians will learn about the Publix difference from us soon.
The Southern grocer has expanded its footprint in its home states in addition to entering its new state. The chain unveiled brand-new locations in May in Winder, Georgia; Plantation, Florida; and Boca Raton, Florida.
In its home state of Florida, it recently opened two new additional stores, including ones in Venice and Yulee, which were finished in late May and early June, respectively.
However, Publix isn't the only regional business seeking to increase its reach at the moment. Weis Market, a mid-Atlantic food store, declared in early May that it will invest $150 million in market expansion.