I’m from Florida, in case I haven’t mentioned it before. There are many, many great qualities about my home state, but nothing quite gets me as nostalgic (and passionate) about my childhood than Publix, a supermarket chain founded in Florida.
But Publix is more than a supermarket: it’s a lifestyle — a clear marker of any Floridian’s identity. We eat, breathe and live Publix. I love the bright green sign greeting me, the ‘X’ slightly flickering, as I push my trolley into my neighborhood Publix, right across the street from my house. I love how the woman working at the bakery always gives me a free kids club cookie, even though she made my 20th birthday cake. I love my pub subs — I especially love them with the Publix brand peach iced tea.
Luckily, more people across the South can experience this life-altering grocery store chain, even though they don’t appreciate it as much as Floridians. Publix opened stores in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.
Yes! Even North Carolina. Forty-two neighborhoods across North Carolina are blessed to have a Publix in their backyards (sorry, Harris Teeter). But do you know which North Carolina town doesn’t have a Publix?