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The Charlotte Observer reports that Publix plans to open its first North Carolina store in 2014, with Charlotte store that it intends to be the first of a number stores that it will open there.

According to the story, "Company executives said Publix will open a Charlotte division, with a divisional vice president and a leadership team based in the city, to oversee the expansion ... Publix has been openly inching closer to Charlotte since it announced plans to build two stores in South Carolina, just across the state line. Those stores, in Fort Mill and Indian Land, are both set to open in October. The Indian Land supermarket site is just six miles from Publix’s planned Ballantyne location."
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