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Old 01-22-2018, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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So I suppose they're going with an entirely new store? I drove by there this weekend thinking that would be awfully small/dated for the impression they need to make an entirely new market.

I was hoping they would be open sooner rather than later, but it looks like it be "later."
I imagine it will be similar to what happened in Greeneville where the existing center was razed and an entirely new building constructed.

What I really find interesting is that within a one mile radius of this Publix there are currently six grocery stores:
-Food City
-Walmart
-Aldi
-The Fresh Market
-Kroger
-Earth Fare
Publix will make seven. I'm sure there are reasons but this much variety seems unusual for a town the size of Johnson City. I'm not complaining, though, as it's super convenient for me!
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:51 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Publix will make seven. I'm sure there are reasons but this much variety seems unusual for a town the size of Johnson City. I'm not complaining, though, as it's super convenient for me!
Which, along with a couple of ethnic food stores, is the reason I try to make it to JC for grocery shopping at least once a month. Can't wait to see what Publix brings to town.

Here food City and Kroger are fairly close together but anything else requires a special trip, going to JC just about all those stores are within minutes of each other and I try to hit up all of them, lol.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Jonesborough, TN
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After Publix opens, I would fully expect Aldi and either Fresh Market or Earthfare to close within a couple years. Kroger is usually full to the point that you can't get in the parking lot, and Food City/Walmart isn't going anywhere. Aldi is not nearly as popular and seems to have gotten less so over time.

I personally usually shop at Kroger, but would likely switch to Publix once it opens for pretty much everything.
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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I don't think Publix will change the numbers for Aldi. Publix is high price, great service. Aldi is low price, no service.

Still, it stands to reason that one or two of these grocers should have picked the Roan St side of town. The Kmart location would have been good for Aldi. A Publix would be good near the Mall, maybe to take over the Sears location when the inevitable happens.
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:23 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Default Publix #1633, Markets West at Franklin, 509 North State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604-8210

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So I suppose they're going with an entirely new store? I drove by there this weekend thinking that would be awfully small/dated for the impression they need to make an entirely new market.

I was hoping they would be open sooner rather than later, but it looks like it be "later."
Yes, Publix #1633 will be a newly constructed store. It will have a pharmacy drive thru.

Three existing tenants between Publix #1633 and North State of Franklin Road will remain:
  • Advance America #4493, 509 North State of Franklin Road, Suite 1, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604-8210
  • Little Caesar's, 509 North State of Franklin Road, Suite 2, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604-8210
  • Tennessee's Best Title Loans, 509 North State of Franklin Road, Suite 3, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604-8210
The former Food City westward including Yamato Japanese Steakhouse will be demolished. I have not heard or read where Yamato Japanese Steakhouse will relocate.

In new construction, a new retail space will be created between Publix #1633 and Tennessee's Best Title Loans.
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Gate City, VA
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After Publix opens, I would fully expect Aldi and either Fresh Market or Earthfare to close within a couple years. Kroger is usually full to the point that you can't get in the parking lot, and Food City/Walmart isn't going anywhere. Aldi is not nearly as popular and seems to have gotten less so over time.

I personally usually shop at Kroger, but would likely switch to Publix once it opens for pretty much everything.

Aldi won't be going anywhere, that store is slammed at times and Aldi has actually been exceeding sales in the Tri-Cities. I do think Fresh Market and/or Earth Fare will be closing though. I think Earth Fare will be the one to go as it's business seems to be way down and well Fresh Market is just the nicer store IMO.
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:50 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Specialty gourmet grocer The Fresh Market has not operated well in recent years. It has closed stores, exited markets, failed in an attempt to go beyond its specialty gourmet grocery position, and has delayed and cancelled plans for additional stores.

Limited assortment/discount grocer Aldi and specialty organic grocer Earth Fare continue to open additional stores. I do not seem them slowing down.

Publix has co-existed with The Fresh Market, Aldi, and Earth Fare in other markets for years.
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Aldi won't be going anywhere, that store is slammed at times and Aldi has actually been exceeding sales in the Tri-Cities. I do think Fresh Market and/or Earth Fare will be closing though. I think Earth Fare will be the one to go as it's business seems to be way down and well Fresh Market is just the nicer store IMO.
I get confused, which is the one directly behind the Walgreens? That one seems to be fairly busy whenever I go by there.
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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I get confused, which is the one directly behind the Walgreens? That one seems to be fairly busy whenever I go by there.
That would be The Fresh Market. They seem to stay fairly busy, especially with the $2.99 Tuesdays. Their biggest plus is they tend to stock some unique, hard to find specialty items that I haven't seen in other grocery stores in the area. Plus, they probably have the best meat/seafood counter in the region, great coffee selection, and a good deli. I think they'll be ok.

Same goes with Earth Fare. With the region lacking a Whole Foods, Earth Fare fills a void and has a loyal customer base. You might be surprised at the number of people in the area that embrace the non-GMO, natural/organic/humane, etc. food lifestyle. I go there a lot and there are always people with loaded carts that have $300 grocery bills. Earth Fare will often run great sales on meat and seafood (i.e. wild-caught salmon for $7.99/lb) but some of their other items can get pricy. They do have a large selection of natural supplements, cosmetics, and baby products which can be hard to find in the area. Natural Foods Market has been open out by Old Navy for nearly 20 years and continues to exist today despite Earth Fare opening some 10 years ago so, again, there is demand here.

Aldi is constantly slammed and they just underwent an expansion after only having been open a couple years. They are also aggressively expanding nationwide. I think it took awhile for people here to catch on but business seems good.

With the opening of Publix, I can see business being pulled from both Food City and Kroger and maybe Ingles somewhat. Kroger, though, has a very loyal customer base and a reputation for great store brands along with their Simple Truth line of natural/organic products putting them in a good position to stave off additional competition. Food City probably has more to worry about. One thing Publix is known for is having great prepared food and to-go meals and this is an area that Food City has really invested in recently. Not to mention Food City's (and Ingles') relatively high prices and poor quality store brands. Stores like Aldi, The Fresh Market, and Earth Fare are more niche stores that I don't feel will be directly competing with Publix.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Of those two, I would bet TFM folds first. TFM has such a slick presentation, but there isn't as much "there there." If I'm shopping natural/organic, it will be at Kroger first, then Earthfare for the odds and ends.

That Food City on State of Franklin is nice, but it's basically an oversized version of a lackluster concept. I've seen far, far worse stores, even in other areas, but it is not that nice for something that is essentially brand new.

I've shopped at Publix in other areas. It is nice, a Kroger Marketplace (Bearden in Knoxville has one) would be better than every other store on stock and price. An even higher end Kroger like what I had in Carmel, IN that had a cheese bar, served multiple cuisines, even larger than Bearden, etc., would absolutely demolish anything between Nashville and Charlotte. While I understand that we are a low income area and will not have those amenities, I can go to Bearden and pick up many Simple Truth organic products that are simply unavailable even at the South Roan or Bristol Krogers.

The grocery stores here remain a sore point for me coming from a wealthy community, as well as having better farmer's markets available being in ag country.
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