On January 10 in Louisville, Publix opened the first of six stores the grocery chain plans to open in Kentucky. This is the eighth state where the company has grocery stores.
Located at 2500 Terra Crossing Blvd. in the Terra Crossing Shopping Center in Louisville, the location 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.
The supermarket chain said this is the first Publix Liquors outside of Florida.
“Today is a great day for Publix as we open our first store in the Bluegrass State,” said Publix 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.’”
Quality Products in Abundance
From private-label items to major brands, customers have plenty of options. Kentucky stores will also feature exclusives and a selection of bourbons available at Publix Liquors in the Bluegrass State.
“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,” said Murphy.
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The first Louisville store features a fresh pizza kitchen and a Pours area, offering coffee, wine, beer, kombucha, acai bowls, and smoothies.
These items — along with custom subs, a food and soup bar, a scratch bakery, and on-site meat cutters — enhance the shopping experience and make Publix a destination during mealtimes.
Publix 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,” said Murphy. “Working to alleviate hunger is at the heart of our charitable efforts, which is why we are proud of our partnership with Dare to Care Food Bank.”
“Publix’s support has been invaluable,” said Dare to Care CEO and President Vincent James. “We happily celebrate with them as their first Kentucky store opens in Louisville. We are excited to continue our partnership, hoping to eradicate 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.
Publix’s arrival will create over 900 new jobs across the six Kentucky stores.
The grocery chain is the largest employee-owned company in the U.S., with over 250,000 associates. Publix operates 1,361 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky.