INDIAN LAND, S.C. -- Publix, a popular Florida-based grocery chain, plans to open stores in Tega Cay and Indian Land. The stores will be 49,000 square feet and employ about 100 people each, company officials said.
The green Publix sign is synonymous with superior grocery shopping and outstanding customer service.
"I love Publix. It's a great grocery store,” said Lisa Faille.
Faille and fellow neighbors in the Ashford on the Water neighborhood initially fought the Publix location on Gold Hill Road and Pleasant Road in Tega Cay.
"It will be like 100 feet from my backyard,” Faille said. Her concerns included lighting, noise and traffic problems.
Faille says neighbors worked with Publix to get improvements.
"They told us they're going to put up an eight foot privacy fence to enclose our development,” she said. "I've come to terms with it. It's coming and we just have to make the most of it."
The other Publix is coming to Highway 521 in Indian Land near Doby’s Bridge Road. Crews are clearing the land and getting ready to build. Other unannounced stores will be part of the overall $25 to $30 million project, according to Lancaster County officials.
The jobs are a welcome sign in Lancaster County, where Bureau of Labor statistics say the unemployment rate is 15.2 percent.
"I personally think it's going to be good for the area,” said neighbor Sean Frerichs.
Frerichs plans to shop Publix, too, and says Publix building and operating stores in this area in tough times is just what people need.
"It creates the ability for people to say instead of having to go three miles to shop, they can go three blocks. So now you're looking at spending less gas, having more disposable income,” Frerichs said.
"It's also the tax dollars that will be made in there from the sales, bringing it into the local economy."
Publix has 1,044 stores across the south. Company officials say with two new stores close to Charlotte, there are no plans to cross into North Carolina.
Publix says some employees could come from other stores due to the company’s promote from within policy.
Publix will start hiring entry level positions about four weeks before the stores open.
That's expected to be late 2012 or early 2013.