Publix Enters Virginia with First Two Stores in the Works
LAKELAND, FL — Publix is crossing a new state line, having officially signed off on its first two stores in the state of Virginia.
"Being company owners, our associates continue to work diligently to exceed our customers' expectations, which has allowed Publix to experience continued growth," CEO Ed Crenshaw said in regards to the chain’s entrance into another new market, according to a press release. "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."
The company’s premier locations in the state will be in Bristol, a 54,000-square-foot store, and in the greater Richmond area, a 49,000-square-foot store.
This latest move places Publix in seven different U.S. states, and the first announcement of a new state since it cracked into North Carolina (announced in 2012 but opened in early 2014).
Other states the retailer is currently located include:
- South Carolina
The chain added that it is also looking into growing more aggressively, both in its new Virginia venture and its current one in North Carolina.
While the Bristol store is tentatively set to open in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the Richmond area store in 2018, specific dates have yet to be set.