Publix Super Markets is an American supermarket chain headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. Founded in 1930 by George W Jenkins, Publix employs more than 189,000 people at its 1,170 retail locations, cooking schools, corporate offices, eight grocery distribution centers and ten manufacturing facilities. Currently Publix ranks No. 88 on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. corporations by total revenue. Publix outlets are found throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.
In 1935 a second location in Winter Haven enabled him to sell higher volume products at lower prices. Publix Super Markets grew and eventually became the largest homegrown grocery chain in the United States. With his success he made generous donations to several charities including his own charitable foundation which allowed him to build the new headquarters called “Publix Heritage Park”. He was awarded the title of “Florida Retailer of the Year” by Florida Retail Federation in 1977. He died from heart disease in 1996 at age 82 and was posthumously inducted into the Florida Retail Hall of Fame in 2003
Publix is privately owned and operated by its employees, so it has the freedom to do things its way. And as a result of their unique business model, they’re able to do some amazing things that other businesses just can’t do. One example is the Publix Passport program which allows employees across all locations to enjoy discounted theme park tickets and hotel stays anywhere in Florida. Another great benefit for employees are stock shares which can be purchased at a discount each year during their anniversary month. We hope you’ve learned something new about this unique company today! Thanks for reading!