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Old 04-01-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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I haven't seen any announcements about a possible Publix in Mint Hill, but I saw some notice that Stiles Corp is seeking a building permit across Highway 51 from the Mint Hill Harris Teeter. Stiles Corp is a "preferred developer" for Publix.

From Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hears plans on development | The Mint Hill Times
Just saw they had another meeting about this earlier this month.

Residents hear from developers on proposed shopping center | The Mint Hill Times

Interesting quote: "I don’t think it’s any secret perhaps who is entering into this market and who we are developing for,” said McLaren. “However at this point in time, the early stages, we’re not allowed to discuss it in open forum.”
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:51 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Rumors are circulating in Gastonia. Several undeveloped sites in the vicinity of South New Hope, Hudson and Hoffman roads have been whispered as its potential destinations and 15-acre tract is on the intersection’s northeast corner, across from the Hoffman Village shopping center. Those murmurs come from players close to the Gaston real estate scene.

Could Publix enter Gaston's grocery store war? - Gaston Gazette
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Rumors are circulating in Gastonia. Several undeveloped sites in the vicinity of South New Hope, Hudson and Hoffman roads have been whispered as its potential destinations and 15-acre tract is on the intersection’s northeast corner, across from the Hoffman Village shopping center. Those murmurs come from players close to the Gaston real estate scene.

Could Publix enter Gaston's grocery store war? - Gaston Gazette
I have no doubt that they will be going into Gastonia, Sunny. One of the SC posters in a previous thread posted that they were looking at Gastonia & Kings Mountain. Ingles & Publix play well together in Upstate SC. My guess is that Bob Ingle II is doing infill in the Upstate area while Publix chooses a spot in Gastonia. If Publix goes into the SE corner of Gastonia, my guess is that Ingles will go after the area on Garrison Blvd that once had 2 Parkdale mills, given that that plot of land is very large (22+ acres+) & is in proximity to the old Loray Mill, which will have several hundred residents.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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I suspect that Publix will eventually wind up in Gastonia, but maybe it will be a little while.

When Publix expands into a new area, they tend to locate their stores in higher income areas in cities and their suburbs, and that demographic in SE Gastonia and Belmont might be large enough to interest them. However, with Harris Teeter coming back into Gastonia and with Lowes already in the area, I suspect Publix will to continue to first focus on areas with larger concentrations of high income (South Charlotte/Ballantyne, Dilworth/Myers Park, Lake Norman area, etc.) before they move further out. But, if you start hearing the names of Stiles and Levine associated with potential property sites then the rumors are probably true, as they are developing all of the recently announced Publix locations, I believe.

I can't really see them in Kings Mountain for a long time, though, as KM does not really fit the profile of markets that Publix has been going into - a bit too far from Charlotte and the desired demographic is smaller and probably very well served by Ingles already.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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Went to the Publix in Indian Land. I wish C-D had an smiley for "not impressed". I guess I'll stick with "meh" as my review.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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Went to the Publix in Indian Land. I wish C-D had an smiley for "not impressed". I guess I'll stick with "meh" as my review.
I went to the one in Tega Cay two weeks ago, I had the same impression. While it does seem slightly better than the ones in Florida, specifically the ones in the Tampa area, it wasn't all that special to me. The pricing isn't that much off from Harris Teeter's pricing. The only thing I could say is that their customer service is pretty decent, then again Harris Teeter's customer service is decent too. The first sections I went to was the bakery and deli sections to see what's the fuss is all about from reading posters' experiences about Publix's bakery and deli. While the actual baked goods are quite delicious, it won't win me over as I'm very health conscious, I went on my cheat day and bought various types of cakes and breads to try out. I do like their Cuban bread, but it turns as hard as a rock in a day or two. I did like their cheesecake and cupcakes though.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I suspect that Publix will eventually wind up in Gastonia, but maybe it will be a little while.

When Publix expands into a new area, they tend to locate their stores in higher income areas in cities and their suburbs, and that demographic in SE Gastonia and Belmont might be large enough to interest them. However, with Harris Teeter coming back into Gastonia and with Lowes already in the area, I suspect Publix will to continue to first focus on areas with larger concentrations of high income (South Charlotte/Ballantyne, Dilworth/Myers Park, Lake Norman area, etc.) before they move further out. But, if you start hearing the names of Stiles and Levine associated with potential property sites then the rumors are probably true, as they are developing all of the recently announced Publix locations, I believe.

I can't really see them in Kings Mountain for a long time, though, as KM does not really fit the profile of markets that Publix has been going into - a bit too far from Charlotte and the desired demographic is smaller and probably very well served by Ingles already.
I was surprised by the poster who named Kings Mountain, to be honest, but then I thought about it. There is some money in Kings Mountain (mostly old money, at this time) as well as in Shelby. Any other money is scattered. However, the Ingles has proven that people will travel to Kings Mountain to shop. While I don't think that Kings Mountain is a tier 1 site for them, it would be better for Publix to build in Kings Mountain than Shelby, because once they get out there, there's not much money to come in from the west or north.

Since leaving Charlotte, Lowes Foods has dropped their prices & is more competitive with Ingles. I'd guess that Gastonia is high on the Publix list because of the way that Harris Teeter left. It angered a lot of people. Going in before Teeter re-establishes itself would make sense.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:24 AM
 
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Publix has many more sales than HT. They often have Buy 1 get 1 free items, and you don't have to buy 2 they give you any number at half of the original. Not all store do that.

I am not a fan of the buy 2 get 3 free gig, for example on ice cream, who has room in their single kitchen freezer for 5 ice creams and everything else?
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:07 AM
 
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I'm not a fan of stores that use a large number of sales as tactic to lure people into their establishment. IMO, they should just lower their prices overall and be done with it.

IMO, I don't think Publix will enter many markets outside of Charlotte because it puts them directly against Walmart and local retailers who understand those markets. Publix certainly stands no chance against Walmart. Charlotte is easy in comparison.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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Publix has many more sales than HT.
Is this quantifiable or an opinion?

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They often have Buy 1 get 1 free items, and you don't have to buy 2 they give you any number at half of the original.
Just like Harris Teeter then.
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