CHARLOTTE – Publix Super Markets announced last week that they have leased space in the city’s Ballantyne area for their first North Carolina supermarket.

According to the company announcement, the store will be located at Providence Road West and Johnston Road and will be part of a new company division based in Charlotte.

The store opening is tentatively scheduled for early 2014. Publix, based in Florida, operates markets in South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.