Publix HAD approached Food City many years ago (2005-2006 time frame) to purchase certain stores in the chain. Food City responded with "Buy ALL of them or NONE at all".
So, Publix did NOT buy Food City, so instead they moved into West Knoxville in 2012 with plans to open 2 more stores near the end of 2013/beginning of 2014 closer to the University of Tennessee campus.
Food City is rumored to be shutting down the store located on Kingston Pike and North Peters in West Knoxville. Kroger is "trying" to compete with the Northshore store by expanding their store to become a "Marketplace"... compete... yea right!!
Because of how awesome Publix is, I am proud to be a Publix employee/owner.
"Publix, Where shopping is a pleasure."