When it comes to supermarkets in the Triangle, for years it was mostly all about Harris Teeter and Kroger. But given the growth and bright future for the area, we’ve seen increasing competition on the grocery store side of things. Aldi, Lidl and Wegman’s have established themselves in the state along with the newest option, Publix! And while there are other Publix locations in the Triangle, this new Publix in downtown Raleigh breaks the mold. Located in the new Smoky Hollow development off Peace Street, having a new, bright and clean grocery option downtown is a game-changer and much needed given all the residential growth in the neighborhood.
If you head on over for a visit by car, there are two entrances to the underground parking lot. One off of Peace Street which is very easy to miss and a bigger entrance on Harrington Street! There’s a good amount of underground covered parking, head on over to the stairs/elevator bank to pop up to the main level. Up top you’ll find an entry area with seating leading into a light and bright store! In my handful of visits, I can say that the bakery and deli are top-notch along with the meats and produce. For lunch, a big thumbs-up for the popular “Pub Subs”! For about $6, Publix offers an array of cold and hot subs on an excellent grinder roll. I tried out the chicken tender Pub Sub with lettuce, tomato, sliced pickles and American cheese, dee-licious! And you can order these subs online and pick them up in a warming bin near the deli, cool. And don’t miss the Publix fried chicken, you can grab an 8-piece on the way out for dinner.
Overall I can say I’ve been really pleased with my handful of visits to Publix. Large and clean store, friendly employees and those Pub Subs! It’s great to have new grocery choices and Publix can hold its own against favorites like Wegman’s and Harris Teeter.