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Old 04-22-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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In Charlotte it will be very hard for Publix to compete. You already have Lowe's Foods and HT which serve a little bit different clientele than your Food Lion's and Walmart's....In your Union's/Cabarruses/Gaston's that might be a little different story.....what the heck do I know though...?

Publix prices are no better than HT (which already along w/Lowe's is high)
Publix went head-to-head with HT in Atlanta (starting from zero) and drove them completely out of the city.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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Publix went head-to-head with HT in Atlanta (starting from zero) and drove them completely out of the city.
I asked on the Greenville/Spartanburg board & Publix went head to head with Harris Teeter there & won.
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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Publix went head-to-head with HT in Atlanta (starting from zero) and drove them completely out of the city.
That's a little different than coming into a city where the company is well establised, has their HQ's and driving them out (like Teeter does). Kind of like someone driving Bojangles out of Charlotte....


I'm not saying it can't be done, but its a much different situation than Atlanta.

Who knows, they might do it over time....
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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It's a better store all around. They have a great store-brand selection that compares very favorably in quality to regular brand name products, but for a much lower price. For example, I believe Consumer Reports rated their ice cream to be the best store-bought ice cream in the country, store-brand and regular-brand all considered. They also have a separate brand and store section called "Publix Greenwise" which is basically a mini-Whole Foods inside the store.

The butcher, bakery and deli are all top-notch. All of their fresh-baked breads are the quality you'd expect to find in a hometown bakery, as are their pies and desserts (wow, their key lime and pumpkin pies rock). Their deli sandwiches are famous, especially the philly cheesesteak. They use Boar's Head meats for all their sandwiches and in-house baked bread. So much better to grab a sub there for lunch than your standard Subway/Panera/Quizno's set.

They have certain staples that I always find are selling for outrageously low prices. Like I went an entire summer recently in Florida paying $5.99/lb for boneless ribeye. Or 50 cents for a bag of pre-chopped stir fry veggies.

Finally, customer service is top-notch. They normally have a few stations set up around the store for samples. They also have a designated "chef station" on site teaching people how to make a quick and easy meal, with all of the "raw ingredients" so to speak already selected out in a display case right next to the station. There's no self-checkout under the idea that store employees should be able to do that for you, and that there should be enough for them that no lane is ever going to draw a substantial line. And the bagger will always offer to carry your groceries out to your car for you. In many ways, it's the old-world courtesies and charms that you just don't see anymore in modern society.
All true, and also provided without the requirement to carry a stupid VIC card
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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In Charlotte it will be very hard for Publix to compete. You already have Lowe's Foods and HT which serve a little bit different clientele than your Food Lion's and Walmart's....In your Union's/Cabarruses/Gaston's that might be a little different story.....what the heck do I know though...?

Publix prices are no better than HT (which already along w/Lowe's is high)
Agreed. I have a hard time believing Publix will be able to become a dominant force in the Charlotte metro with this being the home-turf of Harris Teeter. I like HT so I will definitely check Publix out when it opens to see what all the fuss is about. Maybe if Publix can push out Food Lion and buy up their locations, but thats the only way I can see it happening. As far as I know, Publix is catered more to HT's clientele than the Food Lion/Wal-Mart clientele.
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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Agreed. I have a hard time believing Publix will be able to become a dominant force in the Charlotte metro with this being the home-turf of Harris Teeter. I like HT so I will definitely check Publix out when it opens to see what all the fuss is about. Maybe if Publix can push out Food Lion and buy up their locations, but thats the only way I can see it happening. As far as I know, Publix is catered more to HT's clientele than the Food Lion/Wal-Mart clientele.
Ingles is the chain that goes after Food Lion. There is no doubt whatsoever that they go after Food Lion. They don't miss a chance to remind people that they are American owned.
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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Agreed. I have a hard time believing Publix will be able to become a dominant force in the Charlotte metro with this being the home-turf of Harris Teeter. I like HT so I will definitely check Publix out when it opens to see what all the fuss is about. Maybe if Publix can push out Food Lion and buy up their locations, but thats the only way I can see it happening. As far as I know, Publix is catered more to HT's clientele than the Food Lion/Wal-Mart clientele.
I've been to the Publix in Greenville and most likely (when the do come to Charlotte) they will cater to the HT clientele....(their prices definitely reflect it)

Its a much nicer store than Food Lion.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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In Charlotte it will be very hard for Publix to compete. You already have Lowe's Foods and HT which serve a little bit different clientele than your Food Lion's and Walmart's....In your Union's/Cabarruses/Gaston's that might be a little different story.....what the heck do I know though...?

Publix prices are no better than HT (which already along w/Lowe's is high)
The Charlotte area has five traditional supermarkets: Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Ingle's, and Lowe's Foods. When Publix joins the fold, it will be a fight for survival of the fittest. One or 2 will not survive.

Publix will give Harris Teeter a ride in its home market.

Publix makes Lowe's Foods look very bad. In amenities, Publix has pharmacies in its stores; Lowe's Foods does not. (Only one Lowe's Foods store has a pharmacy.) Food Lion struggles here also. Second, Publix has a full service front end using express regular checkouts and no self checkouts; Lowe's Foods has self checkouts. Shoppers will go to the store with the amenities and service.

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Agreed. I have a hard time believing Publix will be able to become a dominant force in the Charlotte metro with this being the home-turf of Harris Teeter. I like HT so I will definitely check Publix out when it opens to see what all the fuss is about. Maybe if Publix can push out Food Lion and buy up their locations, but thats the only way I can see it happening. As far as I know, Publix is catered more to HT's clientele than the Food Lion/Wal-Mart clientele.
Food Lion is not going to be pushed out of its home market. It will need to improve itself greatly to compete with Publix, Harris Teeter, and Ingles. It can start by adding pharmacy departments to its stores.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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That's a little different than coming into a city where the company is well establised, has their HQ's and driving them out (like Teeter does). Kind of like someone driving Bojangles out of Charlotte....


I'm not saying it can't be done, but its a much different situation than Atlanta.

Who knows, they might do it over time....
It can be done, and it is happening elsewhere.

Publix has overpowered Winn Dixie in Jacksonville, Florida, its home market. There are 3 or 4 Publix stores to 1 Winn Dixie store in Florida.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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It can be done, and it is happening elsewhere.

Publix has overpowered Winn Dixie in Jacksonville, Florida, its home market. There are 3 or 4 Publix stores to 1 Winn Dixie store in Florida.
Rock Hill had 3 Winn Dixies at one time, Albright Road, North Cherry Road and South Cherry Road.
They closed our stores because of their own problems. (Bankruptcy)
If Winn Dixie is all that Publix can compete with, then they need to stay out of the Charlotte market.

York County has over 20 grocery stores, not counting Walmart or Target or Kmart, so two Publix may survive, but they won't run anyone out of town.
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