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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 and was ranked No. 4 on Forbes' 2006 list of "America's Largest Private Companies" and is the largest in Florida. The company's 2007 sales totaled US$23 billion, with profits of over $1 billion, ranking #107 on Fortune magazine's Fortune 500 list of U.S. companies for 2007. Supermarket News ranked Publix No. 8 in the 2007 "Top 75 North American Food Retailers" based on 2006 fiscal year sales. Based on 2006 revenue, Publix is the fifteenth-largest retailer in the United States.
Publix has operations in five states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. It employs over 142,000 people at its 1,001 retail locations, corporate offices, eight grocery distribution centers, and nine Publix brand manufacturing facilities which produce its dairy, deli, bakery, and other food products. In addition, Publix owns "Crispers", a chain of restaurants in Florida specializing in salads; some Crispers locations are adjacent or built into the already existing deli department in select Publix Super Markets.
Publix stands as one of the largest regional grocery chains in the United States. Its main competitors are national grocery chains Albertsons, IGA, Kroger, Save-a-Lot and Whole Foods; consolidated retail and warehouse chains, including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club; and several regional grocery chains, including BI-LO, Cub Foods, Fresh Market, Piggly Wiggly, Sweetbay and Winn-Dixie.
Publix's slogan is "Where Shopping is a Pleasure".