Ribbon Cutting for Kill Devil Hills Publix Supermarket

Publix comes to the Outer Banks.
Publix comes to the Outer Banks.
Newest Addition to Outer Banks Shopping Opens Doors

Promptly at 7:00 a.m. the scissors came out, the ribbon was cut and the Outer Banks Publix supermarket in Kill Devil Hills was officially opened.

According to company management it s the 1172 location in the chain.

That’s a lot of locations, but if the first day is any indication, the things they have been known for over the years will continue to be their calling card.

Customer service was excellent. There was always someone there to help with bagging, to walk families out to the car to help put groceries away. I seemed to be a throwback to 30, 40, or 50 years ago when a primary job of a bagger was to help take groceries to the car.

Great selection in the store itself. And lots and lots free samples.

The quantity of samples may change over time…this was opening day, after all, but part of the Publix mystique is making sure the customer is getting more than they expected.

It’s tough to say what’s going to happen longterm with customers and who’s going to be shopping and when, but if today was any example, the company has a winner on its hands. Throughout the afternoon there were no parking places in the parking lot.

What stood out?

There was a very nice selection of specialty items in the bakery area. The deli and bakery looked well-stocked. The bakery especially seemed to have a tremendous selection of product. Lots of wine and beer choices as well.

Publix has built a reputation on their grab and go meals, and there did seem to be a lot of them.

Of course after one visit it’s not possible to check everything out, so a full review may have to wait until after multiple excursions.

Located next to Lowes in Kill Devil Hills, the newest addition to the Outer Banks supermarket scene seems centrally located.

Publix Super Markets Outer Banks Bound

Publix Super Markets of Florida announced they will be opening a store in Kill Devil Hills.
Publix Super Markets of Florida announced they will be opening a store in Kill Devil Hills.

Confirming months of rumors, Publix Super Markets of Florida announced on Wednesday that they had signed a lease to build a store next to Lowe’s Home Improvement in Kill Devil Hills.

Speculation about who would be moving into the 5-acre lot had been the subject of speculation since Kill Devil Hills commissioners approved a site plan for a grocery store in September. Already zoned for commercial development, the site plan did not require a public hearing.

Although not confirmed until the announcement, the feeling was that the site would be a Publix. The developer, GHK, who applied for the site plan has built two stores in North Carolina for the Florida-based company.

Publix, with a reputation for excellent customer service and employee relations, joins a growing number of supermarket retailers on the Outer Banks. Scheduled for completion in 2018, when the store opens its doors, it will compete against the established stores of Food Lion, Harris Teeter, The Fresh Market and the Walmart Supercenter.

Publix may not be the only grocery retailer joining the Outer Banks supermarket mix.

In late August of this year, restauranteur Mike Kelly confirmed that he is in negotiations to sell the five acre lot that is home to Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head. When he announced the negotiations, he specifically refused to say who the suitor was but did state that the site would not be home to a chain restaurant.

Identical in size to the lot that Publix will be opening, the Kelly property would be one of the last large lots available for commercial development along US 158, the Bypass.

In his August statement Kelly indicated he felt negotiations would be completed by this month, but to date no further information has been offered.

According to Publix the store will be 45,000 square feet, which is currently the average size of a supermarket in the US. Tentative plans call for about 140 employees.