Publix

Publix will return to its normal hours of operation starting Saturday, another indication that businesses across the state are continuing the process of reopening.

Publix says it will buy fresh produce and milk from Florida farmers and southeastern dairies and donate the staples to food banks. 

Publix has announced that it will begin requiring all store emplyees to wear face coverings beginning on Monday, April 20.


Major retailers, credit card companies and technology companies have been busy rolling out payment systems that don’t require any touching, with Lakeland-based Publix being the latest supermarket chain to announce it's rolling out the technology that supports Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other contactless options.

Publix will now allow some of its workers to wear personal protective equipment while on duty, Maria Brous, director of communications for the grocer, told WJCT News in an email.

Grocery giants Publix and Winn-Dixie say they will begin installing plexiglass barriers at the cash registers to protect its workers and customers from the coronavirus.

A statement from Winn-Dixie parent company, Southeastern Grocers, says all of its stores should have the barriers installed by April 3; a Publix spokeswoman says its stores should have the barriers up within the next two weeks.

Publix is shortening its store hours to give employees time to restock shelves and clean its locations due to coronavirus demand.

The planned closing of a Publix in the Gateway Town Center on Jacksonville’s Northside in late December is expected to turn the neighborhood into a food desert.

Lakeland-based Publix, which has a large presence on the First Coast, is the latest major business to request that its customers not openly carry guns.

When he moved to Miami in 2012, Chris Barr was struck by people’s love for Publix supermarkets.

Photo from Publix Facebook page.

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Deli Popcorn Chicken sourced from Pilgrim’s Pride doing business as Pierce Chicken. The product may contain foreign material. 

Publix Tests New Beard Policy

Sep 11, 2018
Photo from Publix Facebook page.

Publix has allowed some employees to grow short beards despite a decades-long ban on facial hair except for conservative mustaches.

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If you've been bringing Fido grocery shopping with you, sticking him in your shopping cart and passing him off as a "service animal," beware. Florida grocery chain Publix is cracking down.

After several news stories highlighted that Publix routinely denies employees access to  HIV prevention medication and growing outcry on social media, the grocery store chain announced a change of course Tuesday.

On its official Twitter account, Publix said it will now cover Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)--a medication that reduces the risk of catching of HIV. Florida leads the country in new HIV cases. 

Doctors are in short supply, but a new partnership could help patients get a quicker appointment - at their grocery store.

In the coming months, BayCare Health System will be creating "telehealth" centers at  Publix Super Markets in the Tampa Bay area.

Country Fresh

Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.

Publix and Disney are leading an effort in Florida to change the law on figuring medical damages in civil lawsuits, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

They want medical damages to be tied to the amount that is actually paid for treatment, not the amount that is billed. This could lead to millions of dollars in savings in settlements and jury awards, they figure.

Tampa Bay Times

A 90-year-old Pasco County man who managed to drive home after breaking his hip and wrist in a fall at the grocery store discovered after pulling into the garage that he couldn't get out of his car because of his injuries, The Tampa Bay Times reports. 

He was trapped for three days until a neighbor saw him wave his hand and calling for help.