Cary, NC — Last week, Publix Supermarkets confirmed the long-running rumor that it will occupy a 49,000 square foot store at Davis and High House in the Bradford development, now under construction.
Supermarket Wars Continue in Cary
Supermarkets are usually a slow news item in Cary. I mean, I like food and I like grocery shopping, but it doesn’t make for riveting copy.
However, in the last couple of weeks, we’ve had several big moves in the local supermarket space.
Kroger Eats Harris Teeter
On July 9, Kroger announced it was acquiring Harris Teeter. I have this vision of a man walking into the Deli section and saying “I’ll take it all.”
Kroger operates 2,419 stores in 31 states. Harris Teeter, based in Matthews, NC, has 212 stores in the Southeast.
Some Harris Teeter shareholders have filed a class action lawsuit against the purchase, but expect the deal to close this fall.
Also expect Kroger to support the Harris Teeter brand, particularly in North Carolina. It’s a profitable franchise with good margin and minimal overlap with Kroger stores.
Wal*Mart Opens Third Neighborhood Market
First question: Do I have to use the asterisk*? Can’t I just say Walmart or Wal-mart? No?
Boldly staking out turf in the supermarket wars, Walmart has opened their third Neighborhood Market in the Cary area. This one is at Harrison and Maynard, literally across the street from a Harris Tetter and Aldi.
I drove past over the weekend and it looked pretty busy. Read more about Walmart Neighborhood Markets.
Publix Confirms Bradford
But back to Publix, the rumors have been swirling for months. Last week, they were confirmed: Publix is coming to the Bradford at Davis and High House.
Publix has it’s eye on North Carolina, with three stores recently opened in Charlotte. The Publix in Cary will be the first in the Triangle.
Interestingly, Publix is the largest employee-owned supermarket in the United States (over 1000 stores). The shopping experience is very pleasant – fresh, green and attractive. Also notable is a little more genuine interaction with store workers than one usually gets at the supermarket. From the website:
Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. Publix and our associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism and a commitment to our market areas and beyond. Publix’s commitment to diversity has contributed to our success in being a great place to work and shop.
By local standards, the new Publix in Cary will be modest: a mere 49,000 square feet. It will be up against stiff competition with Harris Teeter and Lowes right across the street.
But I predict Cary will come to love Publix. And visa versa.
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