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Publix moving into Virginia

Publix Super Markets Inc. said it is crossing another state line, entering Virginia with signed leases for two stores.

The Bristol store, 54,000 square feet, will be located at the northeast corner of Lee Highway and Clear Creek Road in Washington County.

In the greater Richmond area, the Glen Allen store, 49,000 square feet, will be located at the northeast corner of Nuckols and Twin Hickory roads in Henrico County.

The Bristol store is tentatively planned to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the Glen Allen store will follow in 2018, Publix officials said.

“Being company owners, our associates continue to work diligently to exceed our customers’ expectations, which has allowed Publix to experience continued growth,” Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said in a statement.

“As we enter new markets and continue to open new stores, our associates prepare for new opportunities which supports our culture of promotion from within. We look forward to providing the great state of Virginia with the high quality service and products that our customers have come to expect and that have earned us recognition throughout the industry.”

Virginia will mark the company’s seventh state of operation. Publix has 1,111 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The company opened its first North Carolina location in February 2014.

Lakeland, Florida-based Publix is privately owned and operated by its 179,000 employees, with 2014 sales of $30.6 billion.

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