PUBLIX MARCHES NORTH

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets is doing more than just whistling "Dixie" as it continues its march north from Florida.The giant chain, which spent its first 62 years becoming a dominant factor in the Sunshine State, is bursting out of its Florida base here with a vengeance.Now, with 23 stores outside its home state -- 22 in Georgia and one in South Carolina -- Publix is committed to becoming

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets is doing more than just whistling "Dixie" as it continues its march north from Florida.

The giant chain, which spent its first 62 years becoming a dominant factor in the Sunshine State, is bursting out of its Florida base here with a vengeance.

Now, with 23 stores outside its home state -- 22 in Georgia and one in South Carolina -- Publix is committed to becoming a dominant player in the Southeast. The chain has plans to open as many as 2

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