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Commonly known as Publix, Publix Supermarkets, Inc. is a chain of supermarkets with headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, United States. The company is privately owned wholly by employees. It has major operations in the Southern regions of the United States including (but not limited to) Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Its major brands are Aprons, Presto, and Publix Sabor.

According to the latest reports, the company has around 200,000 employees, earning itself the title of one the largest grocery chains in the United States. It has its own support offices, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities in most of its locations. 

In addition to the production and sale of food products, the company provides such services as event planning, online shopping, and real estate operations. 

History of Publix

George W. Jenkins founded Publix Supermarkets in 1930. Jenkins started the supermarket chain as a small grocery store in Winter Haven, Florida, and branded it as Publix. Five years later, he opened the second store in Winter Haven. It was Jenkins who opened the first-ever supermarket in Florida back in 1940. 

The expansion of the stores was stalled by World War II although the company’s finances were hardly affected. The headquarters of the stores were moved from Winter Haven to Lakeland in 1951 before replacing all grocery and food stores with supermarkets, creating the modern-day retail chains that we know.

Publix Business Directions

As of May 2021, Publix had 817 supermarkets in Florida, including 192 locations in Georgia, 80 locations in Alabama, 64 locations in South Carolina, 49 locations in each of Tennessee and North Carolina, and 19 locations in Virginia. 

Some of the company’s distribution centers are currently located in Sarasota, Miami, McCalla, Orlando, and Dacula. As mentioned earlier, the company owns manufacturing facilities for producing food products. These facilities are located in Jacksonville, Lakeland, Dacula, and Atlanta.

Key facts about Publix

Publix Supermarkets, Inc. is one of the few companies to be ranked among the Fortune 100 Best Companies in the United States every year since the ranking began. In 2020, the company was ranked no. 39, a drop from its 2019 ranking of 12. The company has never had a layoff. This is because of its principle to never lay off employees. This principle was adopted from George Jenkins' strong belief in the power of taking good care of the staff.


Publix is one of the most consistent companies in the United States according to the Fortune 100 Best Companies ranking. Moreover, it is one of the best companies to work with due to its principle against layoffs. This principle assures employees of their job security.


What is Publix known for?

Publix is well known for its employee ownership. The company is considered one of the largest employee-owned grocery supermarkets in the United States. Unique and distinguished sandwiches and fresh cookies are some of the staple products produced in most of the locations of the company.

Is Publix owned by Kroger?

The answer is no. Publix Supermarkets, Inc. is a private company wholly owned by employees.

Typical Hours of Operation

Mo 9:00 - 21:00
Tu 9:00 - 21:00
We 9:00 - 21:00
Th 9:00 - 21:00
Fr 9:00 - 21:00
Sa 9:00 - 19:00
Su 11:00 - 18:00

Locations: 870 locations in 28 states and 380 cities.


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  • accepts credit cards

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