By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Oct. 4, 2017 | 6:45 p.m.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Continuing their expansion in the Virginia area following the closure of Martin’s Food Stores, officials with Publix announced their location in the heart of the Tri-Cities will open just in time for the Thanksgiving and holiday season.
Publix Media and Community Relations Manager Kimberly Reynolds announced Wednesday that their new store in the Colonial Square shopping center along Colonial Heights’ Boulevard corridor will open for business officially on Wednesday, November 1 at 7 a.m.
The opening of the new store comes just under a year after the Martin’s Food Stores made their final transactions inside the former home of Ukrop’s in the winter of 2017, one of a number of Martin’s stores that closed its doors between 2015 and 2017 as the company realigned following its parent company’s merger with Delhaize Group, Food Lion’s parent.
In late August, Publix held a multi-day hiring event at Colonial Heights’ Hilton Garden Inn near Southpark Mall to bring on full- and part-time staff to work inside the store that was built in the shopping center in the 1990s as part of Ukrop’s expansion at the time.
When asked, Reynolds did confirm that the new Tri-Cities store is “fully staffed,” but she did add that they are “always accepting applications” and, “We will have a job application kiosk in the store’s lobby beginning a week or two after the opening.”
In the summer of 2016, Publix announced their plans to purchase ten of the nearly 20 stores Martin’s was trying to sell, which served as a unique way to continue their Virginia expansion after Publix had already announced plans to open stores in Hanover County and southwestern Virginia.
According to their website, Publix plans to open two stores during the course of October, one in Henrico and another in Glen Allen. Four stores are currently open across the Richmond-Metro area and this new location in Colonial Heights will be the furthest south Publix’s reach extends.