For Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins, operating grocery stores was a lot more than simply crunching numbers. “People try to treat the grocery business like it's a science,” Jenkins told the Tampa Tribune in 1988. “It's not a science — it's an art.” He created Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix in 1930 and molded it over the next 66 years into one of the nation's premier food-retailing operations. When Jenkins died in 1996, Publix was operating 541 stores in Florida, Georgia and ...

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