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Old 08-03-2013, 01:18 PM
 
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My husband and I heard a rumor that Publix was going to build a store in Blue Ridge, GA. Any truth to that? Blessings.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:03 PM
 
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The Ingles in Blue Ridge is very nice (although Blairsville is better IMHO). I can't imagine why Publix would come to Blue Ridge. I'd think Jasper or Ellijay would be next if they were going to try to knock Ingles out of that area. Personally, I like Ingles just as well and I've always been a Publix fan...
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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My husband and I heard a rumor that Publix was going to build a store in Blue Ridge, GA. Any truth to that? Blessings.
Hmmm ... Publix has VERY strict demographic guidelines (population and income) that a community must meet before they decide to build a store there. It's not impossible, but would be a stretch. Outside of the tourist / second homes market in Fannin County, is there enough of an upper middle class residential base year-round to support a Publix? That's the question you must ask.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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P.S. -- If there's not already a Kroger presence there, I don't know if Publix would be interested. HOWEVER ... there is a Publix at Lake Oconee which is out in the middle of NOWHERE ... literally. But Lake Oconee is a Ritz Carlton resort, so you do the math.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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I soo hope this is true for Blue Ridge ! It would be a real asset to that beautiful mountain town and pull people in from miles around (lots of people who have moved there from both the Atlanta area and Florida really miss not having a Publix in the area ) .
And why on earth they haven't built on in the Dawsonvile/ Dahlonega area of Ga 400 is beyond me !
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:24 PM
 
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Publix is opening a store in Rome in several weeks. I don't see why they can't expand into smaller markets like Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Chatsworth, etc. They have stores in smaller and undesirable markets in the Southeast.

Take a look at the map: Publix - New Store Search Publix Stores Publix Stores
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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P.S. -- If there's not already a Kroger presence there, I don't know if Publix would be interested. HOWEVER ... there is a Publix at Lake Oconee which is out in the middle of NOWHERE ... literally. But Lake Oconee is a Ritz Carlton resort, so you do the math.
The nearest Kroger (that I'm aware of anyway) is in Jasper. I wasn't impressed with it at all. The Kroger Signature stores in Houston are impressive however. Ingles really is the big chain in the north Georgia Mountains. You have to get a lot closer to Atlanta around Canton or so before you find Publix or decent sized Krogers. I know lots of folks don't like Ingles, but I'm not sure why? The one in Blairsville is a joy to shop in. The prices may be a little higher than Kroger, but it's not anymore pricey than Publix IMHO.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:21 PM
 
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Over in the North Carolina forums, they've just announced that Publix will be opening a store in south Asheville in 2015. Many people thought that would never happen.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Over in the North Carolina forums, they've just announced that Publix will be opening a store in south Asheville in 2015. Many people thought that would never happen.
Why? Isn't South Asheville near Biltmore?

Does Publix already have a presence in North Carolina? I know that Harris Teeter has always had the hold on the upscale grocery market there. But they were recently bought out by ... KROGER!

OK! Found this on Wikipedia:
Publix has operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

In 2012, Publix announced they would open stores in Charlotte, North Carolina, the first in the state. Publix also said they are already looking to expand within the state. The first North Carolina store is slated to open sometime in 2014.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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The Ingles in Blairsville and in Hayesville, NC are super stores! Clean and with very friendly staff and has a full compliment of products. In the NC store, there is a wide selection of beers that the Georgia stores don't have! Plus Ingles has gas isles. You shop, you get gas points and a discount when you fill up. Publix offers nothing unless you have a coupon.
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