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One of the southeast’s leading grocers has another accolade to hang on the wall.

Publix has been recognized by Fortune as one of the Best Workplaces for Millennials for the fourth consecutive year. Publix ranked No. 34, up from No. 62 last year.

Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1998, make up about 42% of Publix’s workforce and has 186 stores across Georgia.

The companies featured on the most recent Fortune list are determined by anonymous surveys conducted by Great Place to Work. Millennials were surveyed on their experiences at their companies, their ability to reach their full potential at their place of work, company values, effectiveness of their leaders and other factors.

The founder of Publix is a Georgia native. George W. Jenkins grew up in Harris, GA where he worked in his father’s general store. In 1925, moved to Tampa, FL at the age of 17 with a prospect in the Florida real estate market, but ended up as a stock clerk in a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. After a couple of months, he was promoted to manager and was later transferred to manage the chain’s largest store in Winter Haven, a position he held from 1926 to 1930. It was that year that he resigned from Piggly Wiggly to start his own grocery store.

Publix is a privately owned and operated company with more than 200,000 employees and 2018 sales of $36.1 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,221 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for 22 consecutive years and ranked No. 1 on Fortune’s inaugural Best Big Companies to Work For list. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business.

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