LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets here has been one of the fastest-growing supermarket operators in the country for the last several years, aggressively opening stores while the national, publicly financed supermarket companies have cut back on new construction. Publix, which operates 806 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama, added 67 supermarkets to its total last year and plans to open another 200-plus stores in the next few years as it pushes to have ...

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