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Publix will not be doubling coupons in NC | Publix Coupon Policy

After years of waiting for Publix to open in North Carolina, I have sad news.  The first North Carolina Publix opened yesterday in the Charlotte area, and we all learned that Publix will not have double coupons in NC stores.  They plan to offer savings promotions exclusive to the North Carolina stores instead.

I’ll will update you on those “new” offers when they become available, but the rest of their coupon policy should be the same.

If you shop in a region that does currently double, don’t worry, your store will continue to double coupons 50¢ or less. The only exception is (2) stores in South Carolina (#1412 and #1419) that will start to follow the NC policy.

Ways to Save at Publix

Since most North Carolina folks don’t know Publix, here are few of the good things you can expect.

  1. They accept competitor coupons for local grocery stores in the area.  (Bi-Lo does this too and accepts more stores than Publix).
  2. They will accept an expired coupon with a raincheck, as long as the coupon was good the day the raincheck was written.
  3. Each week has 35-40 BOGO deals that are mostly national brands.
  4. They issue tons of store coupons in extra flyers, booklets and emails.  These can be used with manufacturer coupons to save more.  (You could grab all of these and take them to Bi-Lo who will double your coupons and accept them as competitor coupons).

You can go here to read the full coupon policy or go here to read FAQ’s.

My Thoughts:
Covering the grocery industry across the south I almost feel like Publix corporate didn’t do very good homework.  If their reasoning on not offering doubles is that it’s not needed to be competitive then they are sadly very mistaken.  Keeping up with stores that double coupons 99¢ or less every day and run occasional super double and triple coupon offers will be next to impossible when they aren’t wanting to double anything.

From a sale standpoint, Publix already doesn’t double coupons in the Florida market but we don’t see additional sales or promotions for that market.  I’m very doubtful that we will see any additional promotions for NC either.  Odds are that is fun marketing language for “we just don’t want to”.

What are you thoughts on this policy?

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    • NCNative

      I think this is a poor decision as well. I live in GA and love Publix (especially since Kroger stopped doubling). However I am from NC and most areas have quite a few choices for their grocery needs (unlike where I am in GA). They need to have somthing to offer to succed as the new kid on the block, otherwise why switch. Not sure if I will recommend Publix to my NC friends because of this.

    • 31priceless

      I am a loyal Harris Teeter shopper, who is going to be living within walking distance of the newest Publix in NC. I was excited to have another “upscale” grocery store to shop, but not anymore! I rely on Harris Teeter’s super doubles and triples and was assuming Publix would at least attempt to compete! However, with the stores facing each other, I will probably be only looking at the Publix from the parking lot of Harris Teeter!

      • T

        Hey I am not sure if you referring to the one they are seeking approval for in Raleigh but if not they have got the same thing going on here, they are trying to build across from a HT that does and will double my coupons. And like you I will ride past those guys and straight to my beloved HT. I am brand loyal and NO ONE competes with the customer service and quality HT delivers.

        • Kim Blomgren

          In my neck of the Charlotte woods, Publix is taking over a store they purchased from BiLo, across the street from Harris Teeter. If BiLo couldn’t compete–even with their doubling policy and accepting competitor coupons–I am at a bit of a loss to understand what competitive advantage Publix thinks it has to gain the leg up that BiLo couldn’t. I believe it’s scheduled to open end of April and am definitely curious how they plan to sway loyal HT shoppers.

    • MissAngie

      Since this store is right across the street from HT. I think this is a really bad decision. Charlotte has more places than any to shop. Guess they think these guys are not the competition!

      • apoint2bemade

        cute doggie avatar!

    • Sue

      I think that they are trying to get away from the doubling policy in general – when they opened new stores in south Alabama this past year, they do not double the coupons there either (even though the rest of Alabama does have doubled coupons).

      • mediazorba

        I didn’t know the rest of Alabama had double coupons. They should have the same policies in all the stores especially in a certain state. Doesn’t seem fair.

    • ellen

      I lived in south Florida for 16 years before moving to South Carolina. Publix doesn’t double in Florida because they control the entire market. Winn-Dixie has a very small presence and Albertson’s closed most of their stores and guess who moved into their locations. You guessed it, Publix. I don’t yet have a Publix in my area of South Carolina but love shopping in the Charleston area stores because they double there. What a shame that Publix chose to do that in NC. My local Kroger has done the same thing here. I guess Bi-Lo will get my business then.

    • jd

      If my Publix stops doubling, I may have to stop shopping there. I love going to Publix, but it won’t be worth it if my coupon saving drops that much.

    • jd

      If my Publix stops doubling, I may have to stop shopping there. I love going to Publix, but it won’t be worth it if my coupon saving drops that much.

    • guest

      I live in florida, so no Publix down here doubles. They only store that does double is Harveys, but I hardly EVER shop there cause the doubling factor doesn’t actually save me that much. I prefer to shop at Publix…they seem to have better deals and more in-store coupons. :)

    • guest

      I live in florida, so no Publix down here doubles. They only store that does double is Harveys, but I hardly EVER shop there cause the doubling factor doesn’t actually save me that much. I prefer to shop at Publix…they seem to have better deals and more in-store coupons. :)

    • Veronica Richards

      Noo!!! This is such sad news to me. I just relocated to Winston Salem from Greenville SC where Publix was my favorite place to shop. A Publix is supposed to open here in the near future but this breaks my heart. I guess I will continue to go out of my way to shop at Harris Teeter. Can’t wait for those super doubles to come around again

    • tori729

      That’s really really dumb. I hope that doesn’t mean they will eventually get away from doubling coupons all together.

    • Carrie

      Do you know which policy will apply to the 2 new Publix stores coming to Rock Hill (in place of two Bi-Lo stores- I think one will open soon)? Will they be like the Indian Land/Ft. Mill ones that are using the NC policy or like the rest of SC and still double?

    • Carrie

      Do you know which policy will apply to the 2 new Publix stores coming to Rock Hill (in place of two Bi-Lo stores- I think one will open soon)? Will they be like the Indian Land/Ft. Mill ones that are using the NC policy or like the rest of SC and still double?

      • Tonya

        Fort Mill store has stopped doubling. :-(

    • pdnr

      Big mistake. I used to live in NC but now live in SC. Harris Teeter is very comparable to Publix in both prices and atmosphere. With their coupon policies, I think H-T will beat Publix when the excitement of a new store dies down. Personally, I often try out products at Publix that are free or low cost due to BOGO sales and double coupons. If I like them, I’ll continue to buy them. But if the price on these items is higher, I’m not willing to spend my money on something I may or may not like. Publix will be the loser if they quit doubling coupons in my area.

    • pdnr

      Big mistake. I used to live in NC but now live in SC. Harris Teeter is very comparable to Publix in both prices and atmosphere. With their coupon policies, I think H-T will beat Publix when the excitement of a new store dies down. Personally, I often try out products at Publix that are free or low cost due to BOGO sales and double coupons. If I like them, I’ll continue to buy them. But if the price on these items is higher, I’m not willing to spend my money on something I may or may not like. Publix will be the loser if they quit doubling coupons in my area.

      • pdnr

        By the way, I’ve been “bragging” to my NC daughters about how great Publix is. I’ll have to warn them that their NC Publix will not be the same as my SC Publix.

    • Lana

      B-Lo and Aldi will have my business if Publix stops doubling. I already shop at those stores anyway.

      • pdnr

        Let’s just hope that Bi-Lo will continue doubling if Publix discontinues it. With Kroger discontinuing double coupons, Bi-lo would be the only one in town to do so.

    • Karen T

      sadly, I think this is a mistake….Kroger virtually LOST my business for the same decision….I’ve purchased less than $100 worth of merchandise in Kroger in the past 5 months. I am loyal to Publix but IF their policies change, so might my loyalties….

    • Terri

      I live in beaufort, SC where there are no doubles(includes Hilton Head Island, and Bluffton). We have 6 stores in this district and are between 2 districts that do double. They say we are part of the FL district. If there are great deals, I drive to savannah or charleston, but you will all be fine at Publix without double coupons. I wish we would get the new special promotions.

      • me

        wow you drive to savannah or charleston from beaufort if theres a good sale?!?!? so what do you saved? i live in bluffton and still love my publix even if they dont double.

    • Deanna

      You mean I’m going to have to start shopping at Walmart?

    • Courtney

      Publix also does not double coupons at the stores in south Alabama- I was very disappointed in their decision.

    • Donna

      Very, very sad – I feel very badly for those in NC and those in the SC stores that will follow that policy. If you have the option – go to HT or Bi-Lo. I hope they regret this immensely.

    • jade

      I’ve never lived in a state that doubles coupons. Having your coupons doubled is a huge perk; not a right.

      • cheryl

        well said Jade!!!

      • Traci

        Agree! :-) We often start to expect things that are bonuses we take for granted.

      • Evie

        Agreed!!! I thought it sounded a bit whiney because I we don’t have any stores that do that around here (and I’d actually never heard of it, until this blog!)

    • SeanMart69

      I’m waiting for them to stop this program here in GA being Kroger did it a few months back and they are their biggest competitor here…

    • George Winzer

      Harris Teeter will be doing the same thing by mid year. Thanks Kroger.

    • Crystal Smith

      Be grateful if you have a store left in your area that still doubles. We have no Publix or Harris Teeters or Bi-Lo anywhere in sight. Kroger was our closest “BIG” store and they have stopped our doubling program. Finding good deals is VERY hard now in such a small town without driving to another state!!!

    • Shellaine

      I live in Alabama and my local Publix doesn’t double at all. Thank goodness we have a local Winn-Dixie (so I can use all those $5/$30 purchase coupons at Publix) or my local couponing would be pretty sad.

      • Ren

        I live in BHM, Alabama and they do double here.

        • Tanisha

          I live in Harvest,AL and they double here.

    • kathy

      I am in Florida and still get GREAT deals at Publix without coupons being doubled. I have to get two of the items, but can use two coupons, plus store and competitor coupons also. This is NOT a huge problem folks!

      • Happy Gamish

        Most of our stores accept competitor coupons&if we only get1of bogo items,currently all our stores will ring it up at half price,so the customers chooses how many too get.

    • TLC

      Honestly, I live in FL and it doesn’t affect me at all, but we also live in the land of TRUE BOGO and when you have a BOGO coupon, we score WAY big!!

      • Happy Gamish

        were used to buy2,get3free here

    • S

      If my Publix in SC stops doubling coupons, I have a message for you Publix…..
      I WILL REMEMBER OUR TIME TOGETHER….every week as I pass by your store on the way to Bilo!!!!!!!!!!

    • mediazorba

      We’ve NEVER had double coupons in the Publix here in south Alabama, but with the BIGIF sales and accepting other store coupons I still come out ahead!

      • Happy Gamish

        Were used to buy2,get3free&everything u said&double coupons from ht&lowes&most of what I said from bilo which r publixes competitors here.

    • Katrina

      Publix does not double in Florida either … I’m lucky to live near the only Harris Teeter in the state – it’s the only place that doubles coupons around here

    • mrs b

      No one doubles in southern LA–I’ve been told it used to happen pre-Katrina, but not now. I’d love a Publix or Super Target. I make do with Winn Dixie and expanded grocery Target, but if not for them I’d be stuck with Walmart or the local chain that starts with R. They have great seafood and source from the local guys, but the last time I tried to use a printed coupon there I had to wait while she consulted with a manager to see if she could take it (it was for a whopping $1 off of 2 products)

      No BiLo, no Kroger, no Harris Teeter, no Lowe’s Foods….I miss my NC stores…

    • mrs b

      No one doubles in southern LA–I’ve been told it used to happen pre-Katrina, but not now. I’d love a Publix or Super Target. I make do with Winn Dixie and expanded grocery Target, but if not for them I’d be stuck with Walmart or the local chain that starts with R. They have great seafood and source from the local guys, but the last time I tried to use a printed coupon there I had to wait while she consulted with a manager to see if she could take it (it was for a whopping $1 off of 2 products)

      No BiLo, no Kroger, no Harris Teeter, no Lowe’s Foods….I miss my NC stores…

    • JPrice

      I definitely will not drive extra miles to the New Publix that opened in Charlotte area and waste gas if they do not double. The promotions will have to be extraoridinary for me to consider shopping there at all. And here I was very excited that we finally get a Publix…hahha. I will stay with HT and Lowes Foods

    • Amanda

      As a charlotte resident this makes me sad. And now the fort mill location isn’t doubling anymore so I am no longer shopping at publix! I will continue to use the 3 harris teeters that are within 10 minutes of my house :)

    • krazykelscoupons

      I live in Charlotte, and have 5 Harris Teeters in my area! Publix just lost a customer. I will continue to shop at HT & Bi-Lo. Although, I have to travel 22 mins and in the worst area of Charlotte, the westside to shop, but it’s worth the savings! GL Publix, you will need it in Charlotte! Krazykelscoupons!

    • Claudia Cruz

      I live in Gainesville Ga and our Publix’s still double coupons. I don’t shop there often but I do like the double coupons and even if they did not I still find good deals!

    • Raquel Woodall

      i feel like they will loose business as well. the only reason i even go to publix usually is for couponing trips. otherwise i would never go there the prices on everyday items are extremely high in my area. I hope that this does not run over into GA that would really sadden me, seriously i might cry if that happens :(

    • Wendy

      Considering they don’t double in Florida and are the top store here, I think they’ll be fine.

      • Happy Gamish

        All other stores in nc double,well almost all&harris teeter triples. Ok let’s say every store has a st patricks day sale. Let’s say they all have green ketchup on sale for $1.00&there is a 50cent of coupon. If I go to publix it will cost me 50cent plus tax with the coupon at face value. Bilo&ingles double this 50 cent coupon,so this coupon is worth $1. This means $1of this$1item is free for me if I purchase it there. So I only pay for tax. I just saved50cents by NOT shoping at publix. If this yr marches tripple wk falls around st patricks day&based on history it probably will,that 50cent coupon will tripple at harris teeter,meaning its worth $1.50. So what is $1-$1.50? Its negative 50cents which many harris teeters will allow me to use towards the remainder of my grocerys. So wendy if u had a choice to buy the exact same item&choose to either pay 50cents plus tax or just pay tax or have the store pay u to buy the item which would be your first choice? Which would be ur 2nd choice? Most of us don’t go “oh I can get this item for free or even get paid to take it of the shelfs,but I guess I would much rather pay 50cents for an item I don’t have to pay for. If u r honest with urself u would rather get paid then pay too&free would be ur2nd choice. I heard in fl noone doubles,so there is no competition from other stores that double. Nc has many stores that double.

      • Tracey

        They wont be fine for long. In my area of florida publix is becoming more and more strict. More limits less coupons. they have dwindled down to almost nothing for competitors here. They have chased a lot of couponers in my area to walmart and target. Something is happening to publix as a whole and it is not good.

    • christie

      I wrote to Publix corporate office from the “contact us” link on their web page, and stated that since Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo do double coupons, I am disappointed that I will not be making a switch to a company who is not going to double coupons.
      If more people did the same, its possible they could reconsider.
      Yes, Wendy, they don’t double coupons in Florida, but what competing grocery stores are near publix that do double coupons?

    • MommyLIBRARIAN

      It isn’t just in NC. The 2 stores in SC near the state line, and the new stores opening in York County, will follow the same policy and sales. I live in Rock Hill, about 15 minutes from the Fort Mill store. I rarely made it up there but was so happy I would have a Publix 5 minutes from my house (where the BiLo was). I’m so sad they won’t be doubling and I doubt the extra sales will make it my “regular” grocery store.

    • Evie

      My thoughts? I think it sounds a bit whiney :) Here in FL, where Publix started, we never do “double” coupons! There are Publixes everywhere and they do pretty well for themselves, and I’ve never heard of anyone deamanding doubling of coupons. I actually had never heard of such a thing until I signed up onto Southern Savers. I don’t think ANY grocery chain here in Florida does that, at least not in North FL where we are. So, I guess we don’t know what we’re missing? It just isn’t a thing here. Like someone below said, it’s a perk, not a right… I always assumed coupons were coupons, at face value. I’d happy to have ANY coupon to use! But like I said, I don’t know what I’m missing.

      • Happy Gamish

        Read my reply to wendy pls

        • Happy Gamish

          Oops,asked wrong person,meant to write this to the person who calls us winers for wanting publix to double like most our stores do cause they don’t wine in fl.

      • Happy Gamish

        U r right,its a perk,not a right,a perk harris teeters,lowes foods,bilo&even ingles r more then happy to give us&like u said publix thinks were winers for wanting them to keep up with their competitors. Do pls read my comment to wendy. Its not mean,I promise. Its just asking about a scenario&a math problem. Well ull have to read it to know what I mean.

    • Happy Gamish

      Tlc&kathy, It won’t affect us either cause we just won’t shop at publix,but continue shopping at stores that have all that plus double coupons. We were told publix doubles unlimited amount of coupons where our beloved harris teeter only doubles 20a day and bilo limits them per transaction,but publix had no limit to how many coupons we were allowed to double,so we were looking fwd to that experience.

    • Happy Gamish

      Kathy, It is a huge problem when for yrs we heard that publix doubles unlimited amounts of coupons&our curent stores set a limit to how many coupons per transaction or per day we can double,by not having to drive bk every day to double more coupons,but doubling all 50or all100in one day,one transaction we were all going to give publix most of our business,but now that they won’t double any we will stick with the many stores that do double even if they said a limit to how many coupons we can double,they will take the rest at face value or double them the next day or next transaction,so this should be a huge deal for publix. Business NEED to keep up with the jones&the jones double&tripple&accept competitors&half bogos that ring up half price&have b2,g3&have promos.

    • Happy Gamish

      Ok,1comment to fl ppl. Yes we understand that publix doesn’t double in fl&is one of the top stores there,but except for 1 harris teeter in the entire state of fl that doubles,publix has no competition that doubles. In the carolinas there r stores that double&tripple up to 99cents&1wk almost every month double up to$2. All of these accept competitors& to have awesome bogos&promos. At one promo I spent$50on items b4 coupons to get$20visa gift cards. After coupons it was $27.so I got paid $20for spending 27. My bill was this high cause I’m only a begginer couponer. I read of others who after manufacturer coupons&the stores electronic coupons&competitor coupons only spent $11to get the $20visa card. By the way during that promo coupons up to $2doubled.that store also has buy2,get3free deals very often. We do have one store that only doubles up to 50cents&does not accept competitors,but even without coupons their bogos r cheaper then publix(we&others did a comparison). So here to keep up with other stores that have everything they have except the coupon flyers and double&tripple coupons atleast to 99cens except on prom wks when they double up to $2,they need to atleast double to keep up. I’m almost in love with harris teeter,yet was willing to leave them for publix most of the time,well atleast 50%of the time until I heard this sad news. There is one good thing about publix moving to my town. They have coupon flyers&most of our stores that do double&tripple will accept competitors coupons at face value. I can run in&grab a flyer to use at ht. At ht I can stack an electronic coupon that does not double with a manufacturer coupon that they will double or tripple with a publix coupon that they accept on face value. Publix succeeds in fl cause they have no competition,here they have lots&like jenny says we have been waiting for yrs for publix when they were doubling unlimited amounts of coupons anywhere but fl. We have been waiting for yrs to get that experience. We felt like lil kids awaiting the grandoppening of a candy store&when we get there the grandoppening was cancelled&the store was bought out by a hardware store. I know they succeed in places where they have no competition. We all know that. But I will be happy to go in long enough to take their store coupons to use elsewhere&I don’t think they have the right to call their carolina stores coupon friendly.

    • Happy Gamish

      Ok,1comment to fl ppl. Yes we understand that publix doesn’t double in fl&is one of the top stores there,but except for 1 harris teeter in the entire state of fl that doubles,publix has no competition that doubles. In the carolinas there r stores that double&tripple up to 99cents&1wk almost every month double up to$2. All of these accept competitors& to have awesome bogos&promos. At one promo I spent$50on items b4 coupons to get$20visa gift cards. After coupons it was $27.so I got paid $20for spending 27. My bill was this high cause I’m only a begginer couponer. I read of others who after manufacturer coupons&the stores electronic coupons&competitor coupons only spent $11to get the $20visa card. By the way during that promo coupons up to $2doubled.that store also has buy2,get3free deals very often. We do have one store that only doubles up to 50cents&does not accept competitors,but even without coupons their bogos r cheaper then publix(we&others did a comparison). So here to keep up with other stores that have everything they have except the coupon flyers and double&tripple coupons atleast to 99cens except on prom wks when they double up to $2,they need to atleast double to keep up. I’m almost in love with harris teeter,yet was willing to leave them for publix most of the time,well atleast 50%of the time until I heard this sad news. There is one good thing about publix moving to my town. They have coupon flyers&most of our stores that do double&tripple will accept competitors coupons at face value. I can run in&grab a flyer to use at ht. At ht I can stack an electronic coupon that does not double with a manufacturer coupon that they will double or tripple with a publix coupon that they accept on face value. Publix succeeds in fl cause they have no competition,here they have lots&like jenny says we have been waiting for yrs for publix when they were doubling unlimited amounts of coupons anywhere but fl. We have been waiting for yrs to get that experience. We felt like lil kids awaiting the grandoppening of a candy store&when we get there the grandoppening was cancelled&the store was bought out by a hardware store. I know they succeed in places where they have no competition. We all know that. But I will be happy to go in long enough to take their store coupons to use elsewhere&I don’t think they have the right to call their carolina stores coupon friendly.

    • Tracey

      You all need to voice your opinions on the publix facebook page. Let them know you feel as a potentaial customer. They do not read these coupon blogs. Maybe if enough people voice an opinion against their new policies they will realize what a mistake they have made. I live in florida and I can tell you there are no extra deals. That’s a joke. To add insult to injury they have stopped taking target at some store and have shrunk the competitor list to almost nothing as now they are limiting you to one competitor winn dixie a day. They are making extremely rash decisions if you ask me. I think someone in that corporation is extremely misguided. Publix used to be my favorite store. But with all the coupon changes and limits to how many you can even buy of something it has fast become a store that I do not feel welcome in.