Publix Super Markets Inc. announced Friday it is opening a store on Hendersonville Road in south Asheville, a move that could add to the speculation that the popular Florida-based supermarket will next target Hendersonville.
The Asheville store, located in Buncombe County, will be at the southeast corner of Hendersonville and Overlook. The 49,000-square-foot Publix supermarket will include a drive-thru pharmacy and is expected to open in 2015, Publix said in a news release.
"We've made a commitment to North Carolina and its residents to bring our level of stellar service and quality products to market in order to provide customers with the superior shopping experience they deserve," said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. "As company owners, we are passionately focused on our customers. We believe that if we take care of our associates, they in turn will take care of our customers, and together we will make our communities a better place. This is our culture, and we are excited about sharing it with North Carolina just as we have in the other five states in which we operate."
Publix also announced a new store in Cary, the first in the Raleigh area, and said it plans three stores in Charlotte that will open next year.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 160,000 employees, with 2012 sales of $27.5 billion. Currently Publix has 1,072 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for 16 consecutive years. In addition, Publix's dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey, the company said. For more information, visit the company's website, www.publix.com.