LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Wednesday said that it had signed a lease for its first store in North Carolina, and would establish a Charlotte-based division for further growth in the Tar Heel State. The 56,000-square-foot store, to be located in Ballantyne, N.C., is tentatively planned to open in early 2014, Publix said. Industry watchers had long anticipated Publix would expand into North Carolina, particularly after the retailer opened two stores in South Carolina ...

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