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Sat Dec 31, 2016, 08:06 AM

Hey, Florida, It's Time to Stop Blindly Adoring Publix

If a huge company like Best Buy or Walmart had a history of anti-LGBT accusations, fought Miami Beach's attempt to ban Styrofoam, had ties to someone donating hundreds of thousands of dollars against medical marijuana, and battled a proposal to raise the minimum wage, protests would rage in the streets of Miami.

But despite having a hand in all of those things, Publix Florida's most blindly beloved company appears to be made of Teflon. The company remains one of the most respected brands in the Sunshine State despite a string of actions this year that should force consumers to pause before shopping there.

Publix is adored in Florida. The Lakeland-based chain is the state's most valuable homegrown brand (besting even Burger King) and is the most profitable chain of supermarkets in America, according to Forbes. The company is employee-owned (which means its workers get a cut of its stock shares) and pulls in more than $30 billion in revenue a year. Forbes regularly names Publix a "great place to work" for reasons that largely stem from its employee-ownership model and its nebulously defined workplace "culture."

Much of the love heaped on Publix comes from its own marketing campaigns. Floridians love repeating the store's slogan, "Where shopping is a pleasure," and defend the chain from criticism with the relative fervor of Sun Myung Moon devotees. When the satirical website Fark.com called Publix the "Walmart of the South" in 2015, Floridians swarmed the site with angry comments. The chain also leans on schmaltzy commercials around holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas that remind everyone that their grandmothers used to buy cakes and tomatoes at Publix on Christmas Eve.

Read more: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/hey-florida-its-time-to-stop-blindly-adoring-publix-9003039

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Sat Dec 31, 2016, 08:14 AM

1. In my small town, you can go to Publix or stay home, There is no other store.

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Sat Dec 31, 2016, 12:03 PM

2. I love Publix

My daughter works as a cashier in Publix. They treat their employees very well. You can buy stock if you are employed and it is always going up and splitting. The pharmacies in Public give free antibiotics and my blood pressure medicine is also free. Coming from NY to a Florida Publix is like entering a new world. We had a Winn Dixie here and they were always dirty , a clean store well stocked makes a big difference. Go shop in Walmart, Trader Joe's if it makes you happy, they don't have a butcher so who knows where their meat is prepared. Enough, I am happy to have Publix here in Florida.

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Thu Jan 5, 2017, 04:11 PM

3. The medical marijuana story is BS

The woman who donated money to the anti-medical marijuana is the daughter of the founder of the company. She does not sit on the company's board of directors.

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