Publix will open a grocery store in Mooresville NC

Florida grocer Publix Super Markets (Cotswold in Charlotte shown) plans to open a store at Harris Farms Shopping Center in Mooresville.

Florida grocer Publix Super Markets (Cotswold in Charlotte shown) plans to open a store at Harris Farms Shopping Center in Mooresville.

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Publix Super Markets is planning to open another store in the Charlotte region.

The Lakeland, Florida, based grocery chain has signed a lease for a 48,000-square-foot store at Harris Farms Shopping Center in Mooresville, Publix spokeswoman Kimberly Reynolds said. The store is expected to open in 2024 on the northwest corner of Coddle Creek Highway and Kistler Farm Road.

“The growth in the community, including numerous requests from customers for us to expand in Mooresville, made this an ideal location,” Publix spokeswoman Kimberly Reynolds said Tuesday.

Publix has 22 stores in the Charlotte region. Each Publix store hires about 130 full- and part-time employees, Reynolds said.

The supermarket chain’s latest announcement comes as two other North Carolina grocers recently opened new stores and several other supermarkets also are planning expansions in the Charlotte region in the ongoing competition for market share.

In Mooresville, Publix will anchor the commercial space with three outparcels of the 131-acre, mixed-use development, according to an article by Iredell Free News on Charlotte-based developer Cambridge Properties’ website. The residential plan includes 167 single-family homes, 158 town homes and 378 apartment units.

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Publix is planning to open several other stores in Charlotte, including in uptown, South Park and at Carmel Commons. 2019 Observer file photo

More Publix stores planned

Publix also is planning five other store openings:

In May, Publix said it plans to open at Arboretum, at the southeast corner of Providence and Pineville-Matthews Roads.

A 48,387-square-foot store will anchor North Creek Village at Sam Furr and Davidson Concord roads in Huntersville.

A 28,000-square-foot store will open at 10 Tryon building on the northwest corner of Tryon and Ninth streets in uptown.

A 68,000-square-foot store is planned at the corner of Sharon and Colony roads in South Park.

A 55,000-square-foot store with a drive-thru and a proposed private drive at 11525 Carmel Commons.

The Huntersville store is expected to open this year, Reynolds said. No other opening dates have been set for the other locations.

Other grocery store plans around Charlotte

Grocer competition remains hot in the Charlotte region, where Walmart and Matthews-based supermarket Harris Teeter, owned by The Kroger Co., are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for market share, according to Chain Store Guide.

Other recent supermarket openings and expansions planned in the Charlotte region include:

Lowes Foods, based in Winston-Salem, opened its “first-of-its-kind” store Feb. 18 with entertainment area and food hall at 14021 Boren St. in Huntersville. Lowes Foods

On Friday, Lowes Foods, based in Winston-Salem, opened its “first-of-its-kind” store with entertainment at 14021 Boren St. in Huntersville in a former Earth Fare site. Lowes Foods also will anchor Christenbury Village in Concord in a 52,000-square-foot space. That store is expected to open in early 2023, just down the road from a Lidl grocery store.

Last month, Salisbury-based grocer Food Lion opened at 2201 West W. T. Harris Blvd. in Charlotte, in a former Harris Teeter location. The store features a hot bar, to-go meals and local produce. Last spring, Food Lion opened a store at 1620 Ashley Road in northwest Charlotte in the former Harveys Supermarket location.

In June, Asheville-based specialty grocer Earth Fare opened its fifth area store in Davidson.

In June, German discount grocer Lidl store opened at 615 W. Mallard Creek Church Road in University City. Last spring, Lidl also opened a store in Steele Creek. Two more stores are planned at South Boulevard and Carmel Commons.

In April, Silicon Valley online-only grocer Farmstead expanded its free delivery service to homes within an hour’s drive of its Westwood Forest warehouse after opening its first East Coast hub in Charlotte in 2020.

This story was originally published February 22, 2022 8:05 AM.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is the retail business reporter for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she has worked for multiple newspapers and McClatchy for more than a decade.