The Life and work ethic of Publix Supermarkets Founder George Jenkins
- At the height of the Great Depression in 1930, 23-year-old George Jenkins opened a small, self-service grocery store in Winter Haven, FL. He borrowed the name, Publix, from a movie theatre chain because he liked the sound of it. So began Publix Super Markets, which grew to become the largest employee-owned company in the United States with more than 1,000 stores and $27 Billion in annual sales. The chain is ranked 108 on Fortune Magazines annual list of FORTUNE 500 companies and has been among its 100 BEST COMPANIES to Work For in America each of the past 17 years. How has Publix achieved so much success and the loyalty of both its customers and associates? One need look no further than the man who started it all: Mr. George. Driven by an innate understanding of retail as a people business, George Jenkins revolutionized the grocery industry by providing unparalleled service to his customers, ownership of the company to his employees, and fair treatment to Publix's vendors. It was on these principles that he built one of the country's most successful supermarket chains. Narrated by Tom Selleck, this is the story of his life and of his continuing legacy.