Grocery chains may be considering moving to Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Grocery chains may be considering moving to Memphis

Publix Super Markets are in every major market in Tennessee and a company spokesperson says the chain is watching the Memphis market closely. Publix Super Markets are in every major market in Tennessee and a company spokesperson says the chain is watching the Memphis market closely.

(WMC-TV) – The Fresh Market is reportedly talking to neighborhood associations in Midtown as the company scouts for a location in the area.

The Fresh market already operates two stores in Shelby County, one off of White Station and another off Poplar in Germantown.

Action News 5 contacted the company's corporate office, but a spokesperson said representatives cannot comment on pending expansions unless something is official.

However, calls have flooded the Action News 5 newsroom for months about the possibility of other grocery stores coming to Memphis and Publix was willing to talk about Memphis on the record.

"We would love to be the supermarket of choice for them," Brenda Reid, of Publix Super Markets, said about Mid-South shoppers. "We just have not made any confirmations in the Memphis area."

Reid couldn't confirm or deny if Publix is scouting the Memphis market, but she is well aware of the grocery store situation in the Bluff City.

"We follow the supermarket industry nationally, so our real estate people are aware and our retail folks are aware," she said. "So we are very familiar with the market."

Publix has more than 1,000 stores. The company has stores in Chattanooga, Nashville, Clarksville and will be opening its first store in Knoxville this summer.

Florence, AL, which is about 155 miles away from Memphis, may be the closest Publix to the Bluff City.

"We focus on the signed deals, and at this time, I don't have a signed deal in Memphis," Reid said.

Reid also said there has been an overwhelming response from Memphians asking Publix to come to Shelby County.

But right now, there's nothing official.

However, Publix is in every major market in Tennessee except Memphis.

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