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    Publix Debuting in Knoxville

    Store to offer mix of conventional, organic and natural products

    Publix Super Markets Inc. will open its first store in Knoxville, Tenn., on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 2, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring remarks by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. The 56,000 square-foot store, staffed by about 200 associates, will offer conventional items as well as a wide assortment of natural and organic products.

    “Customers continue to look for a variety of all-natural and organic products and services while seeking traditional items on their shopping list,” noted Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix. “We’re confident this store will exceed customer expectations with an elegant environment, expanded product mix and premium service.”

    As part of the opening-day festivities, the first 1,000 customers will receive a free commemorative reusable grocery bag; flowers will be handed out to arriving shoppers while supplies last; the first 25 customers who buy $50 or more in groceries will get a free bag of groceries worth $25; a magician, a balloon artist and a caricature artist will be on hand from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to entertain children; and shoppers can register to win prizes throughout the store, including a $100 Publix gift card, along with cakes, a deli platter and fresh products from the meat and seafood departments.

    Store features include a produce department carrying both organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, including exotic choices from around the world and local items; a full-service floral department featuring specialists who can create arrangements for any occasion; a bakery department offering a selection of items made with all-natural ingredients; a full-service deli counter highlighting Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, as well as such other delicacies, as 200-plus artisan cheese varieties overseen by a certified cheese specialist; a large selection of freshly prepared foods created in-house daily; a salad bar with more than 20 fresh selections; a soup bar offering four gourmet soups daily; a Pacific wok featuring pan-Asian favorites; a café serving coffees, espressos, lattes, teas, gelato, gelato smoothies and assorted pastries, with a seating area and free Wi-Fi; an event planning center; Apron’s Simple Meals, which will offer two recipes weekly, the ingredients to prepare them, live cooking demonstrations and high-quality cookware; a full-service meat department, including antibiotic- and hormone-free items; a full-service seafood department offering wild-caught and farm-raised product and an expanded sushi counter; and a full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru window, a body care section and specialist; and a HealthNotes Kiosk dispensing information on health solutions, vitamins and supplements.

    Privately owned and operated by its 152,000 employees, Publix operates 1,053 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.
     

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