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Old 01-11-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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After having to go back down to Miami due to a family emergency, I realize how much I miss Publix. Is there any more news on if one is coming up this way??
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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You can move to ATL...plenty of Publix there.

It's hard to imagine Publix coming up here given the stranglehold that HT has the grocery market in Charlotte. The only thing I can imagine that would facilitate an expansion to Charlotte would be to acquire a Lowe's Foods or something of the sort to allow them to acquire sites in great locations...
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:12 PM
 
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My suggestion, for the time being, is to invest in several of the zipper closure thermal bags at Trader Joe's & some freezer packs & go, occasionally, to the nearest Publix & stock up. You might want to check Ingles as well.

I know that this will work for you because I have done it myself. I have had frozen food in those thermal bags with freezer packs for several hours & the food was still frozen solid. This includes 90 degree+ weather.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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Well I know after searching through the threads there's one in Spartsanberg SC but thats 90 miles away. I guess I'll just have to settle for care packages although I don't think the Publix vanilla cake will last
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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Well I know after searching through the threads there's one in Spartsanberg SC but thats 90 miles away. I guess I'll just have to settle for care packages although I don't think the Publix vanilla cake will last
Try the thermal bag trick. I used to buy frozen stuff in Delaware & then finish my trek to various stores & then drive back to South Jersey. You should not have a problem. Try coming out to the Ingles in Kings Mountain to try the bakery products. They were compared favorably to Publix in another thread. Yes it's a haul for you, but it's far closer than Florida. If you do a stock-up when you go to the far-flung stores it can be worth it for you.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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If you get your Publix, I want my Shop Rite!
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:32 PM
 
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If you get your Publix, I want my Shop Rite!
Well, I prefer Pathmark to Shop Rite, but honestly, I'm happy with Ingles. The few things that I can't get here isn't worth quibbling about.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Huntersville
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I lived in Florida for 20 years, and in Ingles-land for the past 7 years. Ingles is not a bad store, and some are actually very good, but they fall short of Publix in a couple of significant areas - 1. Bakery. Ingles makes decent cakes, but their breads don't come anywhere close to the excellent bread Publix makes. Publix also has a much better selection of other baked goods than Ingles does. 2. Deli. No contest there. Not even close. 3. Customer service. Harris-Teeter and Lowe's foods are the closest thing to a Publix in these parts, but are significantly more expensive (Ingles pricing is more like Publix). And, unfortunately Publix has no plans to come to the Charlotte area any time soon. I've been watching this closely since we moved up here.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:16 PM
 
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Funny...I was just talking to my neighbor yesterday evening about Publix. I do miss them for the subs and Publix brand stuff (best store brand products, ever).

I will admit though, I think it would be a potentially lethal strain on them to put a store all by it's lonesome up here. Unless they did a blitzkreig style assault on Charlotte with 5-10 stores at once to make supply routes more feasible than one or two stores...I don't see it happening anytime soon.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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Funny...I was just talking to my neighbor yesterday evening about Publix. I do miss them for the subs and Publix brand stuff (best store brand products, ever).

I will admit though, I think it would be a potentially lethal strain on them to put a store all by it's lonesome up here. Unless they did a blitzkreig style assault on Charlotte with 5-10 stores at once to make supply routes more feasible than one or two stores...I don't see it happening anytime soon.
I totally agree with you, Metalllisteve - Publix does have the best store brands, by far.

The "blitzkreig style assualt" you describe is exactly what HT did here a couple of years ago. Sadly, it still wasn't enough. Kroger was particularly ruthless with them, and ended up buying most of their locations just to promptly shutter most of them.

I miss Harris Teeter, they are a great store. I am very thankful to have Publix here duking it out with Kroger (not much of a fan of Krogerl).

Just curious - do you guys have Trader Joe's yet?
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