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Publix looks north as it enters its seventh state


Publix Super Markets has signed leases to open its first-ever stores in the state of Virginia.

The first Publix locations in that state will be in Bristol and in the greater Richmond area of Glen Allen. The Bristol store, at 54,000 sq. ft., will be located at the northeast corner of Lee Highway & Clear Creek Road in Washington County. In the greater Richmond area, the Glen Allen store, at 49,000 sq. ft., will be located at the northeast corner of Nuckols Road & Twin Hickory Road in Henrico County.

Grand opening dates for both locations have yet to be determined; however, the Bristol store is tentatively planned to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the Glen Allen store will follow in 2018.

"Being company owners, our associates continue to work diligently to exceed our customers’ expectations, which has allowed Publix to experience continued growth," said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. "As we enter new markets and continue to open new stores, our associates prepare for new opportunities which supports our culture of promotion from within. We look forward to providing the great state of Virginia with the high quality service and products that our customers have come to expect and that have earned us recognition throughout the industry.”

Virginia will mark the company’s seventh state of operation. In September 2012, the company announced its long awaited entry into North Carolina opening the first location in February 2014. The company is looking ahead to aggressive growth within the state and in its current operating areas of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South and North Carolina.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 179,000 employees, with 2014 sales of $30.6 billion. Currently Publix has 1,111 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 18 consecutive years.

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