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Publix

Publix
Company namePublix Super Markets, Inc.
Company typePrivate/Employee Owned
SloganWhere Shopping Is A Pleasure
IndustryRetail (Grocery)
FoundedApril 19, 1930
Winter Haven, Florida
Founder(s)George W. Jenkins
HeadquartersLakeland, Florida, U.S.
No. of locations1,086 Stores (July, 2011), 3 GreenWise Stores (March, 2010), 4 Sabor Stores (March, 2010), 11 Pix Convenience Stations (March, 2010), 11 Event Planning Locations (website store locator), and 7 Cooking Schools (website store locator)
Area servedFlorida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama
Key peopleEd Crenshaw (CEO)
Todd Jones (President)
Charlie Jenkins Jr. (Chairman)
ProductsBakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, liquor, lottery tickets, fuel, sushi, GreenWise, PIX, Western Union, money orders, dry ice, prepared foods
Revenue(+) US$25 Billion (2010)
Employees146,500 (2011)

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Publix Super Markets, Inc. (commonly known as Publix) is an American supermarket chain based in Lakeland, Florida.

Founded in 1930 by George W. Jenkins, it is an employee-owned, privately held corporation. Publix is currently ranked No. 86 on Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010 and was ranked No. 8 on Forbes' 2010 list of America's Largest Private Companies and is the largest in Florida. The company's 2009 sales totaled US$24.3 billion, with profits of over $1.2 billion, ranking #99 on Fortune magazine's Fortune 500 list of U.S. companies for 2010. Supermarket News ranked Publix No. 7 in the 2009 "Top 75 North American Food Retailers" based on 2008 fiscal year sales. Based on 2006 revenue, Publix is the fifteenth-largest US retailer. Publix's current stock price is $22.05 per share though it is privately held and not available to the public.

Publix has operations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. It employs over 140,000 people at its 1,086 retail locations, cooking schools, corporate offices, eight grocery distribution centers, and nine Publix brand manufacturing facilities. The manufacturing facilities produce its dairy, deli, bakery, and other food products.

Publix stands as one of the largest US regional grocery chains. Its main competitors are national grocery chains IGA, Kroger, SuperValu, and Whole Foods; consolidated retail and warehouse chains, including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Costco, Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club; and several regional grocery chains, including BI-LO, Fresh Market, Piggly Wiggly, Sweetbay, Winn-Dixie, and Ingles.

Publix's slogan is "Where Shopping is a Pleasure".


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