New Publix gives to area schools

Publix opened its second North Carolina location this week, in the process giving back to a number of south Charlotte students.

(Above) Local educators receive $500 checks from Publix on Tuesday, April 22, as part of the company’s mission to support area schools and other community service opportunities. The company made a similar contribution in February when it opened its first North Carolina store in Ballantyne. This new store, in the McKee Farms shopping center, is the second N.C. Publix location.

(Above) Local educators receive $500 checks from Publix on Tuesday, April 22, as part of the company’s mission to support area schools and other community service opportunities. The company made a similar contribution in February when it opened its first North Carolina store in Ballantyne. This new store, in the McKee Farms shopping center, is the second N.C. Publix location.

The new store opened Wednesday, April 23, at 3110 Fincher Farm Road in Matthews, near south Charlotte neighborhoods in the McKee Farm shopping center. The first North Carolina store opened earlier this year in Ballantyne at 11222 Providence Road W.

The company presented $5,000 to area schools, including $500 each to Carmel Christian School, Charlotte Latin School, Covenant Day School, McKee Road
Elementary, Providence Spring Elementary and Socrates Academy in the south Charlotte area.

“Publix was founded in 1930 with the philosophy of being involved as responsible citizens in our communities,” Publix community relations manager Kim Reynolds said in a news release. “Through our support of education, we strive to enrich the lives of students and assist in preparing them for future success.”

Publix made a similar gesture after opening its Ballantyne store in February, when the company gave a combined $6,000 to Ardrey Kell High, Ballantyne Elementary, Charlotte Catholic High, Community House Middle, Elon Park Elementary, Endhaven Elementary, Hawk Ridge Elementary, Omni Montessori, Pineville Elementary, Polo Ridge Elementary and St. Matthew Catholic schools, in addition to the British American School of Charlotte.

The new McKee Farm store, at 58,000 square feet, is 2,000 square feet larger than the Ballantyne location. It will employ around 150 staff, according to a news release.

“We are excited to begin serving customers in Matthews and providing premier service, quality products and value – including a large selection of buy-one-get-one-free deals weekly,” Reynolds said in the release. “Additionally, we are looking forward to bring an active and present partner in the community.”

An additional Publix is expected to open in Mint Hill by the end of the year.

See additional photos of the opening at our Facebook.com page

By Mike Parks

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