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    Publix Planning New DC in Orlando to Support Growth

    The chain continues its expansive ways even in a down economy.

    Publix Super Markets said it plans to build a 970,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center in the Lee Vista section of Orlando.

    "We are continuing to grow so we want to make sure that we can service our customers' demands," Dwaine Stevens, spokesman for Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix, told Progressive Grocer on Friday.

    The new warehouse site is a 109-acre tract just north of the Orlando International Airport. The site offers access to several roadways including the Beachline, Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 4. Stevens pointed out that the new warehouse/DC complex is an addition, not a replacement, for an existing facility at Orlando.

    Publix has grown continually over the past few years, with many new store openings plus the acquisition of over 40 Albertsons stores.

    The grocer has warehouse/distribution centers in six markets in Florida, and one at Lawrenceville, Ga.

    Publix operates more than 940 supermarkets in the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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