At 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, Florida-based supermarket chain Publix will open its 1,101st store — and first Asheville location — at 1830 Hendersonville Road. During a media preview of the 50,000-square-foot store on Tuesday, some of the store’s approximately 150 employees offered guided tours of the facility’s departments and samples of its products.
During a ceremony at the beginning of the event, Chuck Roskovich, vice president of the company’s Charlotte regional division, commented on the steadily growing number of grocery stores in the Asheville area, saying customers will only benefit from the added competition. “I can tell you, things will only get better as the competition gets sharper,” said Roskovitch.
Also during the ceremony, Publix Super Market Charities presented checks for $500 each to representatives from 10 schools nearest to the company’s new Asheville location at Pinnacle Point, and a check for $5,000 to the YMCA of Western North Carolina in support of education and youth programs.
The schools that received donations were: Asheville High, Avery’s Creek Elementary, Captain Gilmer Christian School, Carolina Day School, Christ School, Glen Arden Elementary, Oakley Elementary, T.C. Roberson High, Valley Springs Middle and William W. Estes Elementary.
A grand opening ceremony will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 29. The store will offer product samples throughout the day and free reusable shopping bags throughout the week while supplies last. Hours will be 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.