The new Publix supermarket in Steele Creek is open.
Grand opening was Oct. 1 at the 47,000-square-foot store, which was formerly a Bi-Lo. The new store is similar to what Publix plans for Lake Wylie at the former Bi-Lo at The Landing Station, which is scheduled to open next year.
Publix spokesperson Kimberly Reynolds said recent openings in Charlotte, Fort Mill and Indian Land have exceeded expectations, and the company looks forward to serving Lake Wylie and Steele Creek. The area is large enough, she said, to have two locations about 7 miles apart.
“As long as the population is there and the need, we’ll have a store,” Reynolds said.
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The Steele Creek location at 12810 S. Tryon St. features a salad bar, cooking demonstrations, full service bakery, pharmacy and deli, along with traditional grocery store features. Employees are a mix of long-time Publix workers and long-time grocers in the area.
“Great company, great atmosphere,” said Robert Rushing, who manages the meat section and has 30 years in the industry. “They take care of their employees and their customers.”
Also interested in those customers are the 13 businesses in the shopping center with Publix.
“We’re excited to have them here,” said Stacey Clements, manager at Mahalo Salon. “I love the store. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help each other.”
Holly Lewis, manager at Ultraskin Wax Center, said her business and others around it struggled as work on Publix and the parking lot limited where shoppers could park. Ultraskin opened in June and business has been slow, she said.
“We had a great day yesterday,” Lewis said Oct. 2. “A lot of walk-in business.”
Businesses say they’re hopeful looking forward.
“We’ll see benefits of it for sure,” Clements said.