Publix Super Markets will enter the Northern Virginia market with a new store in northern Stafford County.
The chain and the Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism Office announced today that Publix has signed a lease for a new store location at Embrey Mill Town Center, on the northeast corner of Courthouse Road and Mine Road.
The store will be about 48,000 square feet and will have about 130 employees, Publix said.
The store is projected to open in early 2021.
Publix, based in Lakeland, Fla., is the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the country, with 1,221 stores in seven Southeastern states. In 2018, the chain had more than $36 billion in sales and employed over 200,000 people.
In Virginia, Publix has 15 stores, mostly in the Richmond area. Its closest location to Northern Virginia is at 9601 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg.
In Stafford, Giant Foods is the largest grocer, based on sales during the 12-month period ending in March 2019, as reported by Food World magazine. Giant has three locations and more than 25 percent of the total market sales.