Publix Heading North and Straight for Harris Teeter
Would anyone be surprised if Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw was somewhere singing, “In my mind I’m going to Carolina”?
According to several reports, Publix is opening new stores in suburban South Carolina, just across the border from Charlotte, NC, Harris Teeter’s home base. Publix has steadily grown its store base northward from Florida to include locations in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Harris Teeter is the largest “traditional” grocer in the Charlotte area with 22 percent of the market. It is seen as the most direct competitor to Publix, should it make the move into the Tar Heel State. While it is based in North Carolina, Harris Teeter is a substantially smaller business than the Florida chain. Teeter operates 206 stores compared to Publix with 1,046.
Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert told The Charlotte Observer, “If I were Harris Teeter, it’s really going to be a call to action, to be on your game. … As (Publix) has proven in Atlanta, they can go into a market and really do a bang-up job.”
- Publix is coming… – Charlotte Observer/Blogspot
- Publix to move into Carolinas, take on Harris Teeter – Sarasota Herald Tribune
- Publix to open 2 stores in area – Charlotte Observer
- Publix aims at Charlotte, N.C., grocery market – Tampa Bay Times
- Carolina in My Mind – James Taylor/YouTube
Discussion Questions: Do you see Publix continuing to spread north into North Carolina? What will Publix’s entry mean for the chain and others, such as Harris Teeter, that are already operating there?