Publix Shopping Is A Pleasure
by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)
If you are a Floridian and shop at Publix, you will feel at home in any of their hundreds of stores located across the state.
Publix Supermarkets are very much a part of Florida history. The stores I remember when I first came to Florida more than 50 years ago looked like the one above. They were always identifiable by the large V that framed the entrance. In more recent years the architecture has been modernized, but the excellent service and high quality food still remain the same. George Jenkins started the chain back in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida with one store. For many years Publix stores were primarily located in Central Florida. Over the years they began to open stores in South Florida and other locations along both coasts. They finally had most of Florida covered by the time Mr. George, as his employees affectionately called him, passed away in 1996 at the age of 88. Publix is still controlled by the descendants of George Jenkins. His grandson was until recently the Chief Executive Officer. Another unique feature of the company is that it is largely owned by its employees. Chances are your checkout clerk and bag boy are stockholders. During my Florida travels I can always count on Publix to have clean restrooms, a great deli with meals and sandwiches, fresh produce and seafood and just about any thing else you need. Publix now has more than 1,000 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. The corporate headquarters is in Lakeland, Florida.
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