Publix signals northern expansion plans
Publix Super Markets made clear its growth intentions for the coming decade by revealing the location of the company’s 10th and northernmost distribution center.
North Carolina, Virginia and nearby states can expect to see a lot more Publix Super Markets in the years ahead following the selection of Greensboro, NC as the location of the Lakeland, Fla.-based company’s 10th distribution center.
The 940,000-sq.-ft. refrigerated facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2022 and will give Publix the distribution capacity to support its growth in existing markets of North Carolina, Virgina and Tennessee. The facility will also give Publix the ability to support stores in neighboring states to the north and west as most of its future growth is likely to occur in states beyond its home state of Florida.
Seven of the nine distribution facilities Publix currently operates are located in Florida, a state home to nearly 65% of its stores. More than a decade ago, Publix built a distribution center in Lawrenceville, Ga., near Atlanta and then three years ago it opened a facility in McCalla, Ala.
The significance of the planned facility in North Carolina was evident by a groundbreaking ceremony which drew Publix CEO Tod Jones, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan.