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We hear it all the time: “When are you opening a store near me?” It’s the most flattering question we receive because beneath the puppy eyes and “sprinkles on top” promises lies the best compliment ― you love us, and you want us in your town.

 

We’re fortunate to expand our footprint every single year, and don’t worry — we’re far from finished. Check out all the exciting adventures we had in 2016 and get an inside scoop about our plans for 2017.

New Publix Stores in 2016

2016 was far from a slow year for our Real Estate department. Jeff Chamberlain,12_30_KS_Real Estate_Image 2 our Vice President of Real Estate, says, “2016 was a great year. We opened in a number of new markets, Wilmington, North Carolina, included, and we announced that we’ll be expanding our footprint into Virginia. We also set up a greater presence in North Carolina as a whole and continued expanding in smaller markets in our mature states.”

Exactly how many stores did we open in 2016? The magic number was 32 — 25 of which were brand new stores and 7 of which were re-openings of previously closed stores. In addition, we will complete 151 remodels in 2016.

Here’s a full list of our real estate adventures in 2016:

 

SHOPPING CENTER LOCATION OPENING DATE
Boggy Creek Marketplace Kissimmee, Fla. 01/30/16
Publix at Forest Square Myrtle Beach, Fla. 03/16/16
Shoppes at Trinity Lakes Odessa, Fla. 04/14/16
West Miami Publix West Miami, Fla. 05/05/16
Publix at Miller Street Winston-Salem, NC 05/11/16
Valley Forge S/C Pigeon Forge, TN 05/25/16
Millpond Village Cary, NC 05/25/16
Village Shops at Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach, SC 06/29/16
Hoffman Village Gastonia, NC 07/06/16
Lake Deaton Plaza The Villages, Fla. 07/07/16
Arcadia Crossings S/C Arcadia, Fla. 07/14/16
Moultrie Square Saint Augustine 07/28/16
Brawley Commons Mooresville, NC 08/03/16
Publix at Pine Valley Wilmington, NC 08/10/16
River Place New Bern, NC 08/17/16
Loxahatchee Groves Commons Loxahatchee Groves, Fla. 08/18/16
The Shoppes at Heritage Village Wake Forest, NC 09/07/16
Tavares Crossroads Tavares, Fla. 09/08/16
Muscle Shoals Commons Muscle Shoals, AL 09/14/16
The Shoppes at Freeport Freeport, Fla. 09/14/16
Rivercrest Commons S/C Riverview, Fla. 09/29/16
Dawson Crossroads Dawsonville, GA 10/13/16
Chapin Crossing Chapin, SC 10/26/16
Lake Fredrica S/C Orlando, Fla. 11/03/16
Westgate Plaza Tampa, Fla. 11/03/16
Moultrie Commons Moultrie, GA 11/10/16
Southgate S/C Sebring, Fla. 11/17/16
Prosperity Village Square Charlotte, NC 11/30/16
Bay Pointe Plaza Saint Petersburg, Fla. 12/01/16
Patchwork Farms S/C Vestavia Hills, AL 12/07/16
Publix at Southshore Village Apollo Beach, Fla. 12/17/16
Jonquil Plaza Smyrna, GA 12/15/16

 

Here’s a surprising fact:

12_30_KS_Real Estate_Image 3According to Jeff, every new store promotes 16 Publix associates into management. In addition, with each new opening, roughly 100 people get to come work for what our Chairman, Ed Crenshaw, often refers to as “the greatest company in the world.”

“If we do our job right, we’re creating opportunities not only for our fellow associates, but for others in the community we expand into,” Jeff says. “It’s a chance to achieve goals, and it’s exciting to know we can help make that happen.”

What’s Happening in 2017?

Although we can’t give away everything that’s to come in 2017, we can tell you it will be a very exciting year as we expand into our seventh state ― Virginia! You can expect to see our first VA store in the summer of 2017.

You will also notice several smaller, prototype stores coming to locations near 12_30_KS_Real Estate_Image 4universities, downtown areas, resorts, and more. “We’re looking into reaching those areas that aren’t so conveniently served,” Jeff says. “We’re going to be reaching those customers’ desires and needs, which we’re really excited about.”

The first of these smaller, prototype stores will debut in the first quarter of 2017 in Pensacola, Florida. Followed by downtown St. Petersburg, Florida and then Gainesville, Florida will be close behind, so stay tuned!

We’re also focusing on our leasing opportunities. We plan to continue to purchase more shopping centers and develop them, making leasing with us just as much of a pleasure as shopping.

 

12_30_KS_Real Estate_Image 5Want to keep up with the latest developments on new locations in 2017? Bookmark our New Store Openings page and follow us on Facebook to see all the new store opening albums. And, if you’re interested in joining the Publix family, keep an eye out for job fairs in your area here.

We’re so proud of everything we’ve accomplished in 2016 and can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us. Have you ever been to a store opening or are you rooting for a new location in your area? Shout out your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

Kandi S.

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Kandi S. wrote her first short story at nine-years-old and has been a lover of the written word ever since, which makes The Publix Checkout one of her favorite things about working for Publix! Starting as a cashier in 2005, Kandi has since incorporated her love for writing and social media with her passion for the company focused on customer service. She enjoys fitness, writing, live music and local food and beverages. Kandi hopes you walk away from our blog each day with a new-found appreciation for the grocery store where shopping is a pleasure.

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