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Lakeland voters will soon decide  on whether to change their form of government, and the heated campaign has pitted the grandson of Publix founder George Jenkins against  city leaders and establishment.

The USDA is recalling more than 38 thousand pounds of ground turkey processed in North Carolina and distributed to stores in nine states, including Florida and Georgia.

People picketed outside two major food corporations in Tampa Wednesday to protest farmworker exploitation.  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) wants Publix to know, “Publix, escuchar. Estamos en la lucha,” which means, “Publix, listen. We’re in the fight.” CIW has been “en la lucha” for nearly a decade now.

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Doctors are in short supply, but a new partnership could help patients get a quicker appointment - at their grocery store.

In the coming months, BayCare Health System will be creating "telehealth" centers at  Publix Super Markets in the Tampa Bay area.

Publix Cuts Out Free Deli Meat To Customers

Feb 9, 2017
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Deli customers at Publix may be asking, "Where's the meat?"

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University of South Florida students are saying goodbye to the Andros housing complex and saying hello to "The Village."

University officials unveiled the name of the estimated $133 million housing development at an event Thursday, along with the names of the five planned residence halls.

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Grocery shoppers in South Tampa will have something new to look forward to later this year.

Publix Supermarkets Inc. will open its first Starbucks kiosk at their West Gandy Boulevard store.

They plan to open more in the future.

Ashley Kritzer, a reporter with the Tampa Bay Business Journal, said with the number of specialty grocers coming to the Tampa Bay area, the Lakeland-based chain is trying to stay ahead of competition.

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Shopping will soon be a pleasure for University of South Florida students, faculty and staff who will be able to stop at a new Publix Supermarket going up where the Andros student living complex currently is. 

The Florida Board of Governors - the head of  the State University System of Florida - approved the plan to build the store Thursday.

The contract with the Lakeland-based chain would run for 21 years, with six five-year renewals available for a 50-year total term. 

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12-7-15 5:00 p.m.  This story has been changed to reflect the correct number of degree programs eliminated by the USF Board of Trustees.

University of South Florida trustees took on a number of issues in their final meeting of 2015 last Thursday, including the dropping of some degree programs, System President Judy Genshaft's bonus, and a delay in the planning process of a campus Publix grocery store.

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UPDATED 11/7/15 10 A.M. with video of President Genshaft's statement on the Board of Governor's approval of the USF housing village

By this time in 2018,  the University of South Florida's fifty-plus year old Andros housing complex will be no more.

In its place will stand a brand new housing village, complete with retail spaces, outdoor pool and fitness center, a dining facility and more than 2,000 student beds.

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Shopping may soon be a pleasure for the almost 60,000 University of South Florida students, faculty and staff who would be able to stop at a Publix Supermarket proposed for the school's Tampa campus.

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Even when picking up "just a few items," between the drive, parking and checking out, grocery shopping can be a tedious and time-consuming effort. Seeing the need, Bill Smith created Shipt.

Shipt is based in Birmingham, Ala., and recently made its Florida debut with a celebration in Tampa. Shipt users download the Shipt application onto their smartphones or tablets. Using their marketplace, customers select their items and pay for the items from the app.

Publix will extend insurance plans to same-sex spouses of employees who are legally married.

The company announced that it will open enrollment on Jan. 1 for any employee who can who show proof of lawful marriage in a state where same-sex unions are allowed.

The couples will get the same health care coverage as any heterosexual couple.

Farmworkers March 200 Miles, Stop in Tampa

Mar 13, 2013

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has been asking Publix Super Market Inc. to be a part of a Fair Food Program for the farmworkers who work the tomato fields. The CIW is on a 200 mile march from Ft. Myers to Lakeland and they stopped in Tampa today.

The CIW is in its fourth year trying to persuade Publix to sign its Fair Food Program agreement. It calls for better working conditions and a "penny-a-pound" bonus for its tomatoes.

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Confession: Publix holiday commercials turn me to mush.

Maybe it's the music. Maybe it's because I'm already in the holiday spirit. Or maybe it's just good marketing.

Whenever a holiday approaches, I brace myself for a good cry, courtesy of the Lakeland-based supermarket chain.

The ads are like little movies. Even the Spanish-language commercials fill my eyes with lágrimas.

This one from 2008 still gets to me:

Former Publix President Mark Hollis Dies at 78

Dec 7, 2012

Mark C. Hollis, retired president of Publix Super Markets Inc. and the company’s director emeritus, died early this morning at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, according to Publix officials. He was 78.

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Grocery customers can now avoid the dreaded deli line by going online.

Publix Super Markets just announced the launch of an Internet-based deli ordering system.

Publix Deli Online Easy Ordering will debut at one Lakeland store on Aug. 3 and should be in 50 stores by the end of this year, including "a handful in the Tampa Bay area," said spokeswoman Shannon Patten.

The service will enable shoppers to order custom sub sandwiches and wraps, as well as sliced meats and cheeses, for in-store pickup.