Publix has broken ground on its first supermarket in Kentucky, which will be in the Terra Crossing Shopping Center in Louisville and expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The company, which also unveiled plans for a third location in Kentucky, will now be in eight states.
Announced last September, the 55,701-square-foot Publix supermarket in Louisville also will house a drive-thru pharmacy and have an adjacent , 3,200-square-foot Publix Liquors outlet — the first outside Florida — that will sell beer, wine and spirits, reports Supermarket News.
“It’s an exciting day for Publix Super Markets as we break ground in our eighth state,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement. “When our founder, George Jenkins, opened the first Publix store, he wanted to create a better grocery store — one that kept associates and customers top of mind. More than 90 years later, we’ve kept true to our values, including supporting the communities in which we live and work. We look forward to sharing the Publix difference with Kentuckians.”
Publix also reported that it has signed a lease for a third Kentucky store, in the city of Lexington. The company had announced plans for a second Louisville store last December, slated to go into operation in the 2024 first quarter, reports SN.
Overall, Publix currently operates 1,296 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.