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Publix Marks Milestone

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Publix opened its 1,000th supermarket here in February, marking a long-anticipated milestone for the 79-year-old chain. Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets commemorated the event by donating $1,000 each to eight local schools for the purchase of supplies. “Being a part of the lives of our customers and associates is as important in our 1,000th store as it was in our first,” said Todd Jones, president of Publix, in a prepared statement. Although it took Publix 65 years to open its first 500 stores, the second half of its 1,000-store run took only a little more than a decade, for an average of nearly 40 net new stores per year since 1995.

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