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Plans for shopping center in North Raleigh abandoned

Posted May 12, 2015

Publix Produce Department, Cary, NC

If you were hoping for a Publix grocery store in North Raleigh, you'll have to wait even longer. The planned development in North Raleigh, which was rumored to include a Publix, has been abandoned. Due to opposition from nearby residents, the Charlotte developer will no longer be building a grocery store, bank and smaller shops at the intersection of Falls of Neuse Road and Dunn Road.

Cary, on the other hand, should see another Publix store coming to their city soon. Publix is purchasing a vacant Lowes Foods store at 3480 Kildaire Farm Road.

According to their press release issued in mid-April, "Publix Super Markets Inc. and Lowes Foods, LLC, have announced the companies have entered into an agreement under which Publix is expected to purchase two closed and vacant Lowes Foods Stores in North Carolina" including one at 3480 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary and one at 1949 Hoffman Road, Gastonia.

​“We’ve opened eight stores in North Carolina within the past year, solidifying our commitment to growth within the state," said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our associates continue to provide customers with premier service, quality products and an enjoyable shopping experience. As the largest employee-owned supermarket in the nation, our associates are passionate about serving customers, and meeting and exceeding their expectations. Our service-oriented culture is continuing to foster a loyal customer following in North Carolina and across all our market areas.”

They have not announced the opening date at this time.

In response to the sale of the Lowes Foods locations to Publix, Lowes Foods President Tim Lowes said, ​"As a homegrown grocer serving our guests in the Carolinas since 1954, we continue to be excited about the future of Lowes Foods.The sale of these closed and vacant store locations is part of our comprehensive growth strategy that includes accelerating investment in rebranding existing stores, building new stores, and evaluating strategic marketplace opportunities."

​Publix is privately owned and operated by its 175,000 employees, with 2014 sales of $30.6 billion. Currently Publix has 1,098 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Lowes Foods has almost 9,000 employees and operates 97 supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

This location is actually a little closer to me so I may be able to shop there every once in a while when I am in Cary. What do you think? Will you be shopping at this newest Publix location?


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  • grafted May 13, 2015

    luvstoq - The Publix in WF will actually be right across the road from the Heritage Harris Teeter. Some of the HT employees said they'll be doing some remodeling in order to "compete" on a more level field. A sign for Publix went up at that corner a week or two ago.

  • luvstoQ May 12, 2015

    Am still upset that the people in the Falls of Neuse/Dunn Rd. area complained so much about the Publix being there. It's always NIMBY - the most complaints came from the neighborhood that built next to Falls River when they didn't want that area developed either - but guess it's ok for 'that' subdivision to complain 'after' they are all developed and made traffic worse.

    Actually heard that Publix is looking at an area near Wake Forest off Forestville/Ligon Mill roads. It was in WF news recently. Not really close to me, but at least N. Raleigh.

  • jdouglas13 May 12, 2015

    I'm at WF and TJ occasionally, so I could go on by. It's still a bit of a ride from there though.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 12, 2015

    jdouglas13 - the new Cary Publix will be at Ten-Ten and Kildaire Farm road. Not really convenient for those of us in JoCo, but I am in Cary about once a week so I could make a trip here and there.

  • jdouglas13 May 12, 2015

    Is this at the intersection of Ten-Ten Road? Maybe once in a blue moon.

    But Publix, if you're listening, come on down to Johnston County. Take a look at how insanely well the Harris Teeter is doing at Flowers Plantation. We'll welcome you with open arms! :)

  • kw00634 May 12, 2015

    Let's be fair here. I live in the area of where they wanted to build the new Publix. There is an empty Kroger less than 2 miles away in Wakefield. There are two Harris Teeter's within 2 miles. There is a Food Lion within 1 mile. And the area is VERY residential and it is a VERY small land area and it is a VERY difficult access with lots of congestion. Publix can go a bit further north into Wakefield/Wake Forest ... there is lots of opportunity there. ... or they can go closer into Raleigh ... there are shopping centers with better accesses all through the North Raleigh Area if that is what they want. Publix ... just do your homework.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 12, 2015

    Ugh... I think that's just plain dumb. :-(

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 12, 2015

    ctya - I agree about the new one in Cary. I am also happy to see them using existing buildings for new stores so they don't remain vacant.

  • ctya May 12, 2015

    This seems to have become the norm, everyone says not in my neighborhood.
    I am excited about them locating in the old Lowes. Yes it would be closer for me other than on Sundays.