Even as Publix Super Markets' competitors in North Carolina were feeling the pressure from the grocery chain's expansion in the state, the Lakeland, Fla.-based chain said it is adding two stores in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Publix will add a 49,000-square-foot store in North Myrtle Beach in late 2014 and a 45,000-square-foot store in early 2015.The retailer previously announced that it would open six stores in North Carolina in 2014 and 2015 and said it will aggressively explore other locations in the state.
The sale of one of Publix's primary competitors in North Carolina – Harris Teeter – to Kroger was approved by shareholders last week. Harris Teeter CEO Thomas Dickson said the grocery industry's competitive landscape and the benefits of scale were the two primary reasons behind the merger.
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