George Jenkins

For Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins, operating grocery stores was a lot more than simply crunching numbers. People try to treat the grocery business like it's a science, Jenkins told the Tampa Tribune in 1988. It's not a science it's an art. He created Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix in 1930 and molded it over the next 66 years into one of the nation's premier food-retailing operations.

For Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins, operating grocery stores was a lot more than simply crunching numbers.

“People try to treat the grocery business like it's a science,” Jenkins told the Tampa Tribune in 1988. “It's not a science — it's an art.”

He created Lakeland, Fla.-based P

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