FLOR500, Garden 227 George Washington Jenkins, Jr., Founder of Publix Supermarket (1907–1996) A civic leader dedicated to bettering his community, and the man who made shopping a pleasure, George Jenkins left his job as manager of a Piggly Wiggly to open his first Publix in 1930 in his hometown of Winter Haven. He expanded the company and moved its headquarters to Lakeland. He considered his employees “associates” and granted full-time workers stock in the company. His innovations in store designs and philosophy of customer service led to the creation of one of the largest grocery chains in the United States.
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George Washington Jenkins, Jr., Founder of Publix Supermarket

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George Washington Jenkins, Jr., Founder of Publix Supermarket

(1907–1996)

A civic leader dedicated to bettering his community, and the man who made shopping a pleasure, George Jenkins left his job as manager of a Piggly Wiggly to open his first Publix in 1930 in his hometown of Winter Haven. He expanded the company and moved its headquarters to Lakeland. He considered his employees "associates” and granted full-time workers stock in the company. His innovations in store designs and philosophy of customer service led to the creation of one of the largest grocery chains in the United States. 





 




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