LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets' first venture into the convenience store/gasoline business is a compact, tropical-looking store here alongside a traditional Publix supermarket. The "pix" store, halfway between Tampa and Orlando, Fla., offers a wide selection of convenience items and groceries for customers on the go in addition to eight fuel pumps. Opened in early October outside a 27,000-square-foot Publix store, it is the first of four convenience stores that the 658-store chain ...

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