LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Sept. 6, Publix will celebrate 85 years of serving customers and their local communities. Founded in 1930 by the late George W. Jenkins (Mr. George) in Winter Haven, Fla., Publix has grown from a single store into the largest employee-owned supermarket in the United States with more than 1,100 stores across six states.
Mr. George’s dream was to open a store that was different — a store that operated on a set of values that everyone could feel when they walked through the door. Publix refers to these founding values as the Lessons of Mr. George.
In recognition of the company’s 85th anniversary, Publix included associates, customers and suppliers in celebrations focusing on a different lesson each month.
- March - Invest in others – We build relationships with our customers, our suppliers and each other. As a token of appreciation for the supply chain, Publix associates across the company took the time to personally thank their supplier partners. Publix couldn’t serve their customers as well without the commitment and support from their suppliers.
- April - Give back – We believe that giving of our time, money and resources is not an expense, it’s a responsibility and privilege. As part of “Publix Serves Day”, more than 4,000 Publix associates across six states volunteered their time and supported over 125 nonprofit organizations within their local communities. Projects included beautification efforts, food pantries, backpack feeding programs, tutoring & reading resources, painting, building and more.
- May - Prepare for opportunity – Publix provides training and development opportunities to help associates grow. The promotion prize patrol was out in full force capturing associate promotions at every level and sharing in the excitement of what lies ahead for these up and coming leaders.
- June - Be there – It’s about connecting, listening, learning from each other. It’s more than just a job – it’s a family. During “Be There Day,” company leaders engaged with associates working side by side, learning roles and responsibilities, sharing stories and connecting with each other.
- July - Respect the dignity of the individual – We provide a workplace where everyone can feel welcome, secure and valued. Publix President Todd Jones challenged associates to get to know each other. Associates answered a series of questions designed to get associates talking, learning and exchanging ideas. Upon completion of the challenge, associates received coupons redeemable for two free gourmet cupcakes – one for them and one for their new friend.
- August - Treat customers like royalty – We provide a shopping experience so distinguished from our competitors that customers feel like family. Publix customers were randomly selected and treated like royalty, including providing a Publix gift card, flowers, crowns and tiaras, green carpet and all. In the community, the customer prize patrol surprised customers with random acts of kindness, including visiting a local hospital and showering new moms with baby baskets; attending sporting events and upgrading seats; and randomly handing out thank you notes with Publix gift cards enclosed, just to name a few.
To view the company’s 85th anniversary video, please visit: http://corporate.publix.com/about-publix/culture.
“As we celebrate our 85th anniversary and look to the future, I want to thank our associates, past and present, for their contributions in building a company that is much more than just a supermarket,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “And to our loyal customers, it’s been our pleasure to serve you and your families for more than eight decades. We thank you for allowing us into your homes to be a part of all the memorable occasions in your lives.”
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 176,500 employees, with 2014 sales of $30.6 billion. Currently Publix has 1,103 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 18 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.