Publix is set to open a second location in the southern part of Cary, not long after its first Triangle location opened with much fanfare.
Publix Super Markets announced Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement to buy two closed Lowes Foods stores, including the store at 3480 Kildaire Farm Road in Millpond Village.
The deal is expected to close later this month. Terms weren’t disclosed.
Publix said opening dates for the new stores will depend on the amount of remodeling required at each site. Publix also is acquiring a store in Gastonia.
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Florida-based Publix has been expanding rapidly into North Carolina, opening eight new stores within the past year. Last year, the company opened its first Triangle store in Cary in the Bradford shopping center, a 41-acre mixed-use center at Davis Drive and High House Road.
The 49,000-square-foot store is about a mile from a newly remodeled Lowes on High House Road in Preston Corners Shopping Center. It features a catering center and a center for cooking demonstrations.
While Lowes Foods gave facelifts to two stores in Cary and one each in Apex and Holly Springs last year, it closed the store at the intersection of Kildaire Farm Road and Ten-Ten Road in Cary, one of four “underperforming” stores the company shuttered.
A new Harris Teeter opened the same day as Publix at 885 Walnut St., in the Village Square Shopping Center, which sits between Cary Towne Center and Cary High School.
The town has 27 stores to buy groceries, including Target and Walmart. Harris Teeter has 10 locations in Cary, the most of any grocer.