The long-anticipated opening of the first Publix supermarket in the Triangle is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29, the Florida-based grocer said Tuesday.
The supermarket, located at 1020 Bradford Plaza Way in Cary, will open its doors at 7 a.m.
Publix’s aggressive entrance into North Carolina has shaken up an already intense battle among grocery chains in North Carolina.
Grocery analysts cited competition from Publix as a major reason behind the sale of Matthews-based Harris Teeter to Kroger earlier this year.
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And Winston-Salem-based Lowes Foods has launched a rebranding campaign that has included several remodeled stores and advertisements focusing on its North Carolina roots.
While the Cary Publix store is the first in the Triangle, Publix has already opened several stores in the Charlotte area and has plans to open several more in Charlotte and the Triangle, including one in North Raleigh that has drawn significant opposition from residents in the area.
Although Publix may be new to North Carolina, plenty of the state’s residents are familiar with the brand given its large presence throughout the Southeast. Publix operates more than a thousand stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.