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Is a Publix grocery store coming to Shelbyville?

Posted Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 9:14 AM

From a reader:

I was talking to a Publix manager in Murfreesboro the other day and he informed me that the rumor of Shelbyville getting a Publix is not a rumor and that they will be building one out near the airport soon....knowing this would be a dream come true for our town....I hope it is true this time!....anyone know the fact of the matter?

-- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 12:31 PM


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Publix may, at times cost a little more, but the value and shopping experience is worth that difference.

The same people that complain about crappy customer service at Wal-Mart get that because Wal-Mart doesn't take care of their employees. Publix does. There is more to the cost of buying groceries than just the price you pay for any one item.

Publix has the cleanest stores, the freshest produce and the best bakery and deli with the highest quality selection of ANY big name retailer. They have very friendly staff who don't see their job as just being a cashier, or just being a stock person... they value what they do and it shows in how they treat their customers.

We had also heard they were looking to build across from Calsonic on 231, but the only thing holding them up was a back road connection to Midland Rd, to be paid for by the city.

They built at least two different size facilities with smaller grocery stores located in less densely populated areas, such as Shelbyville. So, unless there is other official news, we can assume they may be still considering Shelbyville. I, and several people I know would really love it. The weekly buy-one-get-one sales are always comprised of items you actually want to buy to begin with. Also, a little caveat, Publix doesn't tend to build their newer stores smack dab in the city limits, in case you haven't noticed 3 of their 4 stores in Murfreesboro are practically on the outskirts of town, so the airport area honestly wouldn't surprise me.

After all, until they are large enough (by revenue) to compete with the behemoths of retail, they will always differentiate themselves by being more than just the price you pay for something. It's about actually feeling like you are a valued customer when you leave their store, and not just another sale.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, May 19, 2012, at 4:08 PM

Good point John. I sure would not want the city, county or Chamber bringing in my competition.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 16, 2012, at 10:11 AM

just an update.....it seems the property across from calsonic was where publix was to be built and they had even broke ground....but......now the demographic study or something came back and it seems they pulled out saying our town would not support it because of our population....anyhow that stinks....we need to get busy and grow...do we have an economic council? okay town and city executives a little begging would have helped....ya'll get busy you let this one slip...call them back and ask again!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, May 14, 2012, at 11:38 PM
John Carney
In general, it's a little bit harder for public officials to be as pro-active in recruiting retailers as they are in recruiting industry. Imagine that you were connected with one of the existing supermarkets in town, or even a mom-and-pop grocery; you'd be a little peeved if your public officials, paid by your tax dollars, were working to bring in your competition. That's not to say that governments can't ever be involved in encouraging retail development, but it's a much tricker situation.

Generally, if local governments can focus on bringing in jobs, the jobs will help increase population, traffic, spending power and what have you, and then the retailers will follow on their own, without needing to be recruited. They want to be where the customers are.

We do have an industrial development board, which I think is what you mean by an economic council. You can see a list of the members at this page on the city's web site: http://shelbyvilletn.org/boardzone.htm

Publix would probably create enough pull to offset not being on the North strip. Is there one in Tullahoma? Maybe they could pull more from there if they are on the same side.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 14, 2012, at 6:24 PM

I would LOVE to see a Publix come here.. and a target!

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, May 14, 2012, at 11:46 AM

The old K-Mart location would be ideal. The building is crumbling and looks pitiful. Dollar General and Celebration 2000 could relocate into a new space which would be great for their business too. I agree North Main is too congested as it is / even if more lanes are made. The southeast side of town deserves better than they have been left with. GO PUBLIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Sun, May 13, 2012, at 7:53 AM

I like Publix but not near the airport, I hate driving to Wal Mart, let alone half way to Murfreesboro, North Main is too busy it takes too long to get out there. Someone needs to put a grocery store near the Tullahoma end of town.

-- Posted by Thatsmystory on Fri, May 11, 2012, at 2:59 PM

I love Publix, but really only shop their sales. Their prices tend to be higher than Wally or Kroger, but again, you have to shop their sales. Plus they allow you to stack your coupons, so on your buy one get one sales, you can really make out. Their customer service is definitely top notch. I would also pay more to have to pick up several things vs fighting the idiots at Walmart. HATE that store!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 5:53 PM

Whew, this is a great line of comments for our local grocery stores to take note. Maybe they have been too complacent?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 2:01 PM

publix is great......if you compare shop you come out ahead at publix...the variety for food creative folks is outstanding....and of course boars head meats in the deli is a must for a great sandwich including having the only american cheese that is not a processed food product...the produce is always the freshest .....they have broke ground on the publix warehouse across from calsonic...and i would just bet a store to follow....they no longer zip code you there and you can always depend on a comfortable visit and getting what you went for.....by the way, i have to use a drivable cart due to my health....and there is always one fully charged and available for use....they pay close attention to the need....in that alone im estatic....so hurry up publix...until then....ill drive to you....service and kindness sold me from the start....and they will honor anyone's coupon which allows me a one stop shop woohoo!!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 12:38 PM

CatherineD is spot-on with her assessment of Publix. Living in Williamson Co., I have two that are close enough to be convenient. Their customer service consists of a lot more than just taking your groceries to the car. If you ask anyone where some item is located, you will never get, "It's on aisle 9", they will stop what they are doing and walk you to where it is. I've never bought groceries at Wal-Mart, so I can't address the price comparison, but I think Publix is less expensive than Harris Teeter and I would rate it above Krogers for several reasons. Publix has its Seniors Day, lots of weekly Buy-1-Get-1-Free, and many more incentives. If one comes, you'll be glad to have it.

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 12:23 PM

i am not so sure about the customer service being so great. i went to publix in spring hill for the first time back around christmas. i just went to see what they had, and check the prices. there prices were quit expensive. i did buy some stuff...but they didnt take my groceries to my car.

-- Posted by kyhhfan1 on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 9:48 PM

I absolutely love shopping at Publix. I do not make a special trip to M'boro to shop there but when it works out we make a stop and shop. I've never done a price comparison because other factors have sold me on Publix. Their customer service is outstanding and evident in every employee you see within the store. They take your groceries to the car, period, no question, it is part of their service. Their stores are spotless. The bakery is as good or better than any other I have found. Their produce puts their competitors to shame. Their meat is fresh, well cut, and well priced. Goodness, I DO like shopping at Publix!

-- Posted by CatherineD on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 4:53 PM

If I am correct, Publix does the "what is your zip code" thing at the register? Maybe their research said their Business is somewhere be M'boro and Shelbyville.

In the past, I remember a lot of folks commenting on this blog that they do their shopping in M'boro for various reasons.

Just thinkin' out loud here, well.... thinkin' out in print.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 4:13 PM

Agreed jaxspike,

The old K-mart shopping center would be a great place for a new store.

-- Posted by quietmike on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 1:04 PM

Would love to see a Publix here. Awesome selection of items and a huge variety of discounts and coupon savings. Customer service is second to none!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 10:40 AM

I love Publix and always enjoy shopping there when I can. They are a bit more expensive but they do have some great sales and a far better selection of items than other stores. What I love most though is the customer service (something Wal-Mart has no clue about and especially in Shelbyville). I don't like or understand why they would build it so far out of town though but it would be worth the drive almost.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 8:36 AM

Publix is slightly higher than Wal-mart, but there are more varieties and more sales. They also send out coupon books that you can use. You can compare the prices between Publix and Kroger by looking at their ads online.

*Publix - http://weeklyad.publix.com/publix/defaul...

*Kroger - http://services.kroger.com/StoreLocator/...

I do know that in the past, when I had to get a prescription filled from a doctor in M'boro, I always go to Publix. They will fill antibiotics for free, even if you do not have insurance. That is something that no store in Shelbyville offers.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 7:48 AM

On the way up to our daughter's graduation I told Debbi about the "rumor". She buys from them while in M'boro occasionally and we like the different selection but she said the same things as you have heard, they are more expensive.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 7:56 PM

I have never shopped at Publix before but have heard that thier groceries are somewhat more expensive. Is this true? If so how much more expensive? I would love to see a new fresh grocery store come to town.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 5:12 PM

I hope this isn't a rumor - I do miss the Publix stores. They truly know the meaning of customer service!

-- Posted by RausJacks on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 9:32 AM


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