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Publix Holds Grand Opening For First Store In Kentucky

Publix's Louisville, Kentucky, store
Publix's Louisville, Kentucky, store

Publix Super Markets opened its first store in Kentucky on Jan. 10, entering its eighth state of operation.

Located at 2500 Terra Crossing Blvd. in the Terra Crossing Shopping Center in Louisville, the store features a 55,701-square-foot store with a drive-thru Publix Pharmacy and an adjacent 3,200-square-foot Publix Liquors offering beer, wine and spirits. This is the company’s first Publix Liquors outside of Florida.

The company announced it had broken ground on this store in June 2022.

“Today is a great day for Publix as we open our first store in the Bluegrass State,” said CEO Kevin Murphy. “We look forward to introducing Kentucky customers to our premier service and delivering on our promise to be a place ‘where shopping is a pleasure.’”

Publix Charlotte Division VP Joey Riddle presents a key to Store Manager Josh Stubblefield and management team of the first Kentucky location in Louisville.

Quality products

From private-label items to major brands, customers will have plenty of options. The stores will offer state exclusive products such as Bourbon Barrel Cut Out cakes and Derby Hat mini cakes, in addition to Kentucky-style recipes and bourbon-seasoned proteins in the meat department.

“As our Kentucky customers will come to know, they can count on us to deliver high-quality products that can only be found at Publix,” Murphy said. “Whether it is our famous Pub subs, Publix ice creams, bakery cakes, delicious ready-to-enjoy meals or anything in between, we offer some of the best food around.” 

The first Louisville store features a fresh pizza kitchen and a Pours area, offering coffee, wine, beer, kombucha, acai bowls and smoothies that customers can enjoy while shopping in-store. These items – along with custom subs, a food and soup bar, scratch bakery and on-site meat cutters — enhance the shopping experience.

Serving the community

In celebration of the grand opening, Publix donated 40,000 pounds of produce to Dare to Care, a Feeding America partner food bank in Louisville. This donation brings the total produce provided to Dare to Care to more than 2 million pounds since 2021, when the company announced its expansion into Kentucky.

“We are focused on giving back to our communities,” Murphy said. “Working to alleviate hunger is at the heart of our charitable efforts, and that is why we are proud of our partnership with Dare to Care Food Bank.”

Dare to Care CEO and President Vincent James commented, “Publix’s support has been invaluable. We happily celebrate with them as their first Kentucky store opens in Louisville. We are excited to continue our partnership with the hope of eradicating food insecurity in our community.”

Up next in Kentucky

Following Terra Crossing, the next five Kentucky stores are expected to open in Louisville, Lexington and Walton. To view the full photo gallery from the event, click here.

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