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Old 05-13-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Unfortunately I don't have a subscription to get the full article, but the Charlotte Business Journal has confirmed the Publix site at 521 at Doby Bridge:

Publix lines up second site in Charlotte region; two more in works | Charlotte Business Journal

The article cuts off discussing four Charlotte-area stores...

I was able to glean a bit more from this article now that it isn't password protected. Apparently the two current stores are the first ones that will open (late 2012), with two more in the works also in that "Rock Hill" region of SC, and that should do it "for the foreseeable future". The developer says that Pubix has no current plans to open stores on the "NC side" of things, either in Charlotte or other areas of NC, for the time being.
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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Went to a Publix store for the first time today in SC. Have read about it on this forum and decided to stop to see what all the talk was about since I have been unhappy with the stores we have here in Ballantyne, i.e., Harris Teeter and BiLo. Feel I need to run all over the place to get a good buy from this store and that store. Either too expensive or low-end shopping. Was pleasantly surprised to see why the folks say they love Publix. Prices are right and what I expect to spend on groceries. Clean grocery store, great produce and meat departments and very friendly employees. I can't wait for them to come to Fort Mill. Will be going there to do my grocery shopping.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:49 AM
 
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Anything new happening? I drive to the Spartanburg Publix every couple of Months, and they are still saying Spring / Summer 2012. Anyone hear anything different?
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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Anything new happening? I drive to the Spartanburg Publix every couple of Months, and they are still saying Spring / Summer 2012. Anyone hear anything different?
I occasionally hear things from 2 sources. I'm hearing that Publix & Ingles are both planning to enter Charlotte, Publix from the south & Ingles from the west.

I've heard that both chains are after stores from Lowes Foods & Bi-Lo.

Bob Ingle (founder of Ingles) died last spring & his son, Bob II, took over. He declared a moritorium on expansion, but is currently making a huge expansion of their cold foods distribution center.

I've also heard that the much discussed Harris Teeter/Publix agreement was actually with Ingles.

Publix & Ingles happily co-exist in Greenville & Spartanburg. My guess is that you'll be seeing one or both soon enough. Ingles has a history of crushing Food Lion. Publix is apparently going after Teeter. Should make for an interesting scenario. . .
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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What was the "much discussed" agreement?

IMO I wouldn't really say Ingles specifically goes after Food Lion, other than the fact that a decent amount of both their stores are in rural areas. Their newer stores are huge, whereas Food Lions are tiny in comparison. Ingles also seems to cater more towards couponers whereas Food Lion tries to emphasize everyday low prices. Ingles may do better than Food Lion in the few markets where they compete, but it's tough to compare the two since Food Lion has over 5 times as many stores as Ingles.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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What was the "much discussed" agreement?

IMO I wouldn't really say Ingles specifically goes after Food Lion, other than the fact that a decent amount of both their stores are in rural areas. Their newer stores are huge, whereas Food Lions are tiny in comparison. Ingles also seems to cater more towards couponers whereas Food Lion tries to emphasize everyday low prices. Ingles may do better than Food Lion in the few markets where they compete, but it's tough to compare the two since Food Lion has over 5 times as many stores as Ingles.
People have been saying that Publix & Teeter had a gentleman's agreement not to compete.

Everywhere that Ingles & Food Lion co-exist, Ingles beats Food Lion to a bloody pulp. It starts with "American owned" on the stores. American owned is on the stores, in the stores, & on the flyers. Food Lion is European-owned.

The Kings Mountain Ingles opened 3 years ago. Within months they were crushing Food Lion from Gastonia to Shelby.

Publix has a reputation for their bakeries. Ingles is #2 to Publix for instore bakeries.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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Are "gentlemen's agreements" not to compete illegal? Antitrust and all that.
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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People have been saying that Publix & Teeter had a gentleman's agreement not to compete.

Everywhere that Ingles & Food Lion co-exist, Ingles beats Food Lion to a bloody pulp. It starts with "American owned" on the stores. American owned is on the stores, in the stores, & on the flyers. Food Lion is European-owned.

The Kings Mountain Ingles opened 3 years ago. Within months they were crushing Food Lion from Gastonia to Shelby.

Publix has a reputation for their bakeries. Ingles is #2 to Publix for instore bakeries.

Food Lion and Ingles are not really in the same class of grocery stores. Food Lion is budget stuff.

Never knew Food Lion was foreignly owned, always thought it was a Salisbury-grown product. Learn something new every day...
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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Never knew Food Lion was foreignly owned, always thought it was a Salisbury-grown product.
It was. But it was Belgium-bought
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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Food Lion and Ingles are not really in the same class of grocery stores. Food Lion is budget stuff.

Never knew Food Lion was foreignly owned, always thought it was a Salisbury-grown product. Learn something new every day...
I will readily admit that I have not been in any of the older, smaller Ingles. I have no need. My local Ingles is 80K sq feet. Within months of the Kings Mountain store's opening, Food Lion had problems in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, & the surrounding towns on both sides of the border. After the Dallas store opened, the problems spread further east. Ingles every day prices are lower than Food Lion. The difference in the selection is laughable.

I could be totally wrong, but my guess is that, before changing to the superstore format, the Ingles family studied a number of other chains, including Pathmark & ShopRite as well as Meijers (pronounced Meyers).

Food Lion did start out as a local company. This is who owns them now. Delhaize Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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