Publix likes to make itself known when it opens its first store in a new market, so Tuesday at Coastal North Town Center on U.S. 17, the company’s divisional officials, local political, business and educational dignitaries gathered for a sneak preview of the store that’s to open to the public at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The nearly 50,0000-square-foot store includes enough items to keep shoppers busy for hours, and officials took the dignitaries on a tour of the store’s highlights.
The Publix will be the latest in a line of new groceries to open along the Grand Strand, including a new Lowe’s Foods in Carolina Forest, a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market and a Fresh Market. Two more new groceries are in the works, one at Farrow Parkway and Fred Nash Boulevard and another at 82nd Parkway and Kings Highway. Publix plans to open its second area store in Pawleys Island during the first quarter of next year.
“Competition is always good,” Chuck Roskovich, Charlotte division vice president for Publix, said at Tuesday’s festivities.
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The store will have 150 employees, and Roskovich said that the Publix chain has never laid off an employee in its 84-year history.
Store hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p..m., seven days a week.
During the preview ceremony, the store presented $500 checks to each of six North Myrtle Beach area schools: North Myrtle Beach middle and high schools, Ocean Drive Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Waterway Elementary and The Lord’s Children, a private elementary school.