Publix is looking to aggressively grow its store base in Virginia, starting with two new stores planned for the Richmond area.
The Lakeland, Florida–based grocer signed leases for 49,000-sq.-ft. and a 54,000-sq.-ft. stores near Richmond, Virginia, and has plans for more. The stores are expected to come online in 2017 and 2018.
"We are looking aggressively to grow in the Richmond area and elsewhere in Virginia. We are open to all opportunities and aggressively looking to identify additional locations," Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
These will be Publix's first stores in the state and the market is heating up, according to the Times-Dispatch. Wegman's will open two stores in Virginia this year, Aldi opened five locations in the past year and plans for more, and Whole Foods is expanding there as well. European grocer Lidl has named Arlington, Virginia, as its new U.S. headquarters and plans five stores in the state for its U.S. entry, according to the report.
Publix is undergoing changes of its own. There's a new CEO and even a strategy to expand with smaller formats to serve new markets.
-See this article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
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