First Richmond-area Publix set to open Saturday

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond’ first Publix grocery store is set to open this weekend.

On Friday, 8News got a sneak peek inside the Publix at Nuckols Place, located at 5400 Wyndham Forest Drive in Glen Allen.

If you were disappointed when Ukrops closed and Martin’s took over, 8News Reporter Kristin Smith says you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find inside Publix, where employees load your groceries for you and walk with you down the aisle to find whatever it is you’re looking for.

The grocery store also cooks up plenty of fresh food each day — all of it made from scratch.

Friday’s invite-only store preview drew an eager crowd that poured into the grocery store.

“Why would you want to shop at Publix? It’s because you’re going to have an experience that is just really bar none,” Publix Media Relations Manager Kim Reynolds said.

The Glen Allen store was built from the ground up, so it’s bright, shiny and new. Fresh produce gleamed under the lights, and Reynolds said customers said count on it to be fresh and local.

“Our produce is delivered every single day,” she explained. “We really value that quality and freshness that we continue to talk about, and so we just want our customers to enjoy the best produce that the market has to offer.”

If your family is fickle when it comes to agreeing on dinner, the store’s ‘Apron Simple Meals might help. You simply go to the designated kiosk where you can taste two weekly recipes and, if you like, walk away with everything you need to re-create it at home.

“You can get the recipe card at the kiosk and then all ingredients for that recipe are also here at the kiosk and the purpose of simple meals is for our customers to try before they buy,” Reynolds explained.

If you’re big on sweets, Publix also offers a made-from-scratch bakery. The cakes 8News sampled don’t taste they come from a grocery store, and the bread is baked fresh every day.

“It’s just those little touches,” Reynolds said. “We just want to serve our customers to the best of our ability every day.”

The supermarket will hold its grand opening on Saturday, July 15. Doors will open at 7 a.m.

Additionally, the Publix at The Shoppes at Crossridge, located at 10250 Staples Mill Road, will hold a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, July 29.

Both stores will open their doors at 7 a.m. as well.

8News reporter Kristin Smith will have a full tour tonight on 8News at 5 p.m.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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