Publix Plans Expansion Into Virginia

As it expands its market reach, Publix Super Markets Inc. has signed two leases for stores in Virginia, the retailer’s first stores in the state.

The Bristol store, at 54,000 square feet, will be located at the northeast corner of Lee Highway & Clear Creek Road in Washington County and in the greater Richmond area, the Glen Allen store, at 49,000 square feet, 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.

Ed Crenshaw, Publix CEO, stated, “Being company owners, our associates continue to work diligently to exceed our customers’ expectations, which has allowed Publix to experience continued growth. 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. The company said it is looking ahead to aggressive growth within the state and in its current operating areas of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South and North Carolina. Currently Publix has 1,111 stores.