Publix Food & Pharmacy makes debut Wednesday
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer
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EMPLOYEES of the new Publix Food & Pharmacy store take a break from preparing for Wednesday’s store opening to pose for a group photo. So far, the store has hired about 135 people. Banner photo, CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
EMPLOYEES of the new Publix Food & Pharmacy store take a break from preparing for Wednesday’s store opening to pose for a group photo. So far, the store has hired about 135 people. Banner photo, CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
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Starting bright and early Wednesday morning, Cleveland area residents will have a new place to go turkey hunting for the holidays.

The Publix Food & Pharmacy store off Paul Huff Parkway will be opening its doors to the public in the time frame planned by the company and developers.

The day will begin with a 6:45 ribbon cutting before the store opens at 7 a.m.

“We are proud to bring the Publix shopping experience to Cleveland,” said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix.

The 54,700-square-foot grocery store features a full-service deli, a full-service meat counter, a large produce department and a drive-through pharmacy, among other amenities.

Reid said the Ooltewah Publix store is similar in scope and size, but she said earlier in the design phase she expected it to be “considerably different,” because it was set to feature a new layout and color scheme.

In addition to bringing a new shopping option to Cleveland, Reid said the store has added a large number of new jobs.

Some 135 associates have been hired at the new Publix location. Back in August, Reid said the store had the potential to hire about 150 people, given that it would be opening near the holidays.

Though there is no shortage of local grocery store competition, Reid said she believed the retailer could hold its own against other stores.

“Stellar customer service, quality product selection and competitive prices are the combination which set us apart from the competition,” she said.

While no major events are planned for opening day, Reid said there will be some giveaways and promotions.

The first 1,000 people to enter the door will receive free reusable grocery bags. As supplies last, store employees will also be giving away flowers.

Other promotions, based on purchases and opportunities to register for prizes, will also take place.

The property on which the store is located is owned by Chattanooga real estate developer Bassam Issa. Adjacent to and sharing a parking lot with Publix is a 1,000-square-foot shopping center. So far, a Great Clips hair salon has moved into the center, and more retailers are expected to join it by the end of the year.

Publix and the new shopping center join the complex that makes up the Mouse Creek Crossing shopping center, which includes Starbucks and Buffalo Wild Wings.