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While the COVID-19 pandemic has hammered the stock prices of many companies, grocers like Lakeland-based Publix have gotten a boost. Publix saw its stock price rise and sales jump 16.1% in the first quarter to $11.2 billion, as compared to the same time period in 2019.


The first truck load of milk produced by Florida dairy farmers is due to arrive at a Jacksonville food bank Friday, as part of a new Publix donation program.

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Publix has announced that it will begin requiring all store emplyees to wear face coverings beginning on Monday, April 20.

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Florida’s Attorney General’s Office has opened the state’s price gouging hotline for people to report drastic price increases during the pandemic.

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Update: Publix has now confirmed that an employee at its Sawgrass Village location in Ponte Vedra Beach has tested positive for COVID-19.


Publix will now allow some of its workers to wear personal protective equipment while on duty, Maria Brous, director of communications for the grocer, told WJCT News in an email.

Lucky's Market

Publix Super Markets Inc. confirmed late Jan. 27 that it intends to buy the Lucky’s Market lease in Neptune Beach, raising the possibility that it will bring its GreenWise Market concept to Duval County.


The city’s negotiations with grocers to keep Jacksonville’s Brentwood area on the Northside from becoming a food desert appear to be working.

Rowe’s Decides Against Opening Supermarket In Publix Space At Gateway Town Center

Nov 11, 2019
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Jacksonville Daily Record

Rowe’s IGA Supermarkets owner Rob Rowe said Sunday he will not take over the Publix space at Gateway Town Center.

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Rowe’s IGA Supermarkets might replace Publix at Gateway Town Center soon after it closes Dec. 28.

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The planned closing of a Publix in the Gateway Town Center on Jacksonville’s Northside in late December is expected to turn the neighborhood into a food desert.

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A Jacksonville City Council member is trying to see what he can do to keep Publix from closing its store in the Northside’s Gateway Town Center shopping center.

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Publix Super Markets Inc. plans to close its Gateway Town Center on Dec. 28.

Publix Asks Customers To Avoid Openly Carrying Guns

Sep 11, 2019
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Lakeland-based Publix, which has a large presence on the First Coast, is the latest major business to request that its customers not openly carry guns.

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Publix Super Markets Inc. intends to open a second GreenWise natural foods market in St. Johns County.

Business Brief: 3 Grocery Stores Coming Soon To Northeast Florida

Oct 26, 2018
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Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville area is soon getting another Whole Foods store out at the beaches. That’s as the company last week rolled out curb-side grocery pickup at its Mandarin location, in addition to the delivery service it recently started offering.

And Whole Foods isn’t the only grocery chain expanding in Jacksonville.

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The Fresh Market

Jacksonville’s favorite supermarket could be facing some new competition.

Publix could have a fight on its hands after a private equity fund announced it is buying The Fresh Market. That grocery chain has 40 stores in Florida, including four in Jacksonville.

The fund making the acquisition, called Apollo Management Group, plans on making Fresh Market more competitive by lowering prices. That could put it on a collision course with Publix.

Publix Grocery Delivery To Start In Jacksonville

Oct 13, 2015

Need groceries but don't have time to get to the store? By the beginning of November, you will be able to have them delivered to your door in less than an hour. Shipt, a membership-based delivery service, says it will launch here Oct. 28th. Plus, signing up when it launches means you can get the service for $49 a year instead of the regular $99 a year or $14 a month.

Food Chains

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Food website The Daily Meal has ranked Jacksonville-based Publix the fourth best supermarket chain in the country based on national survey data. Trader Joe's took the top ranking.

As the number and variety of grocery stores in the Jacksonville metro area continues to grow, the area's two large locally-based chains aren't saying much about their outlook for the future.

Just in the past two weeks there have been two major developments regarding the city's grocery landscape.