Publix is growing its presence in yet another state.
The retailer broke ground on its first store in Louisville, Ky., which will be its eighth state of operation. Located at the northwest corner of Terra Crossing Boulevard and Old Henry Road in Jefferson County, the store is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Featuring a drive-thru Publix Pharmacy, the store also will have an adjacent Publix Liquors, which offers beer, wine and spirits at its first location outside the state of Florida.
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“It’s an exciting day for Publix Super Markets as we break ground in our eighth state,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “When our founder, George Jenkins, opened the first Publix store, he wanted to create a better grocery store — one that kept associates and customers top of mind. More than 90 years later, we’ve kept true to our values, including supporting the communities in which we live and work. We look forward to sharing the Publix difference with Kentuckians.”
Immediately following the groundbreaking, Publix leaders and associates had a Publix Serves event at Dare to Care, a Feeding America member food bank in Louisville, to unload and sort 40,000 lbs. of produce donated by the company. Launched in 2015, Publix Serves is one of the retailer’s community programs uniting the company’s more than 230,000 associates in community service efforts.
Since fall 2021, Publix has provided biweekly produce donations to Dare to Care. The nonprofit organization partners with local social service agencies, food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens to provide food to the surrounding community. Publix’s contributions have provided Dare to Care with more than 775,000 lbs. of produce for its neighbors in need.
“We’re grateful for the support Publix has provided to the residents of Louisville, and we appreciate the company’s passion for helping its neighbors facing hunger,” said Dare to Care CEO and president Vincent James. “We look forward to continuing to build this great relationship to help alleviate hunger in our communities, and we’re excited to welcome Publix to the Bluegrass State.”
Publix also announced the signing of a lease for a third Kentucky store. The Fountains at Palomar, which will be located at the northwest corner of Man O’ War Boulevard and Harrodsburg Road, is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2024. The location will feature a drive-thru Publix Pharmacy and an adjacent Publix Liquors — its first in the city of Lexington.
In late 2021, the retailer announced a second Louisville location at the northeast corner of Ballardsville Road and Brownsboro Road. The site is expected to open in the first quarter of 2024.