I’m in love with a grocery store AKA my best friend is back

I think my love of Publix supermarkets has been well documented in this blog.

Basically, it’s the best grocery store ever. You walk into a Publix and just feel happy. It’s bright and cheery and clean. All the employees greet you with a smile. The produce is fresh and so is the meat. Prices can be high, but they have Buy-on-get-one-free specials every week on really good stuff, and their coupon policy is amazing — like they will literally take any old coupon you scrape off the sidewalk, even if it’s for a lesser grocery store like Piggly Wiggly or Winn-Dixie. Yes, I live in the South.

For instance, let’s say there is BOGO on Cheetos, and you have two coupons for 50 cents off one bag of Cheetos. You get to use BOTH coupons. And then Winn-Dixie put out a coupon for $1 off your next salty snack purchase. And Cheetos are $3 per bag. So then you walk your happy butt up to the register and say, “I’d like these Cheetos, good sir, and here are my coupons.” You proudly hand them over and watch the savings.

Cheetos$3
Cheetos$3
- Promotion: Cheetos BOGO- $3
Vendor Coupon- .50
Vendor Coupon- .50
Competitor Coupon- $1
Total
$1

Who doesn’t want a receipt  that looks like that? A crazy person with more money than sense, that’s who.

And the very best part about Publix? It’s the Publix Promise, which means if it rings up wrong, well my friend, you get that bad boy for free. AND it applies to BOGOs — if they ring up wrong, you get them BOTH free.

Publix is basically the most magical place on earth.

So you can see why we’d be devastated when our local Publix, not a half-mile from our house, closed for renovations. It was like our best friend told us they were going to Europe for 9 months. We were bummed, but knew it was the best. For personal growth. I mean, we had other friends…friends located not even 2 miles from our house that were perfectly nice, clean and friendly, but we know our BEST friend like the back of our hand. This metaphor is quickly getting *wonky*. THIS IS WHAT PUBLIX MAKES ME DO.

Last Thursday was the grand opening for our Publix and it lived up to every expectation I had. Except that there was a line to get in. People were greeting each other, getting teary, definitely smiling a lot.

My coworkers and I showed up bright and early at 8 am – they all live close-by and it’s “their” Publix, too – and it was life changing. Spectacular. You walk in and there is a whole display of apples and colorful fruit; a full-service bakery with delights such as freshly filled cannoli and pizza dough; a deli where you can buy subs and meat and cheese; a sushi stand, I mean it goes on and on.

This is what it looks like..magnificent , huh?

We had a feast that morning fit for a king: cinnamon roll samples, donuts, orange juice, steak, pumpkin ice cream. And I don’t think I need to tell you that I had some major heartburn for the rest of the day. WORTH IT.

And then I got my picture taken with the Publix mascot. His name is Plato….THE PUBLIXSAURS. Guys, I can’t even make that up.

Um, excuse my double chin and HUGE belly, it’s my baby’s fault.

I had such a great time that I went with Hubby that evening and it was almost a beautiful disaster. Brand new grocery store + fully stocked shelves X two hungry people with no list = bad news

Do you have a Publix nearby? Does the name of this store make you slightly uncomfortable? Where do you shop? Have you ever had a shopping experience quite like this one?

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34 comments to I’m in love with a grocery store AKA my best friend is back

  • JMJE

    I LOVE HARRIS TEETER! It is maybe like the Publix of NC. We have the biggest HT ever in my city. It used to be reffered to as the Taj MaTeeter. It has sushi, a salad bar, a hot bar, and asian bar, a bank, a Starbucks, etc. I was pretty upset when I lived in Maryland a few years back and had to go to Giant and Safeway. Very sad. Anyways, I heart HT even though its a little more expensive. They have a good coupon policy as well.

  • Sarah Mac

    It makes me so very sad that I don't live anywhere near a Publix. I usually go to Meijer's, but unfortunately, Meijer's doesn't have a super-awesome mascot.

    Publix has some yummy sub sandwiches, but with almost TOO many choices!!

    I totally need to move to Florida just so I can have a shopping pleasure every week!

  • Liz

    OK, so between Publix and Disney, which is happier?

  • Kim

    I wish I lived where there were grocery stores to write home about but, alas, the stores here are one big, fat disappointment.

    And they make it a policy to never have tomatillos and when you ask, "Um, how am I 'posta make my amazing Tomatillo Salad Dressing if you do not sell tomatillos!?" they're all, "You're going to need to go to the scary West Side for ethnic food."

    Like I asked for a goat's head or something. Tell me Publix sells tomatillos and I am on the next plane to Florida.

  • fojoy

    We don't have Publix in Canada, but until now I had no idea what I was missing. Now I do.
    Now I am sad.
    Thanks for that.

  • Aimee

    Wow awesome entry. I am so jealous because we dont have any of those stores over here in cA. And CA is sooo crowded and so city like that we dont have the opportunity for those awesome experiences… Wow that is really great that a store makes you feel like that and that coupon story is ridiculous!!

    The only reason /I know of all the southern and eastern supermarkets is because of my job. I have actually been trying to get publix to do a corporate tax incentive. Their fed tax managers are actually jerks :(

    We just have Ralphs, Vons, Food 4 Less, State Bros, and some organic stores out here.

  • Hutch

    Sadly, we don't have a Publix! Wegman's used to be my heaven and the Nugget here is amazing but not at all cheap. i would love $1 bag of cheetos :)

  • alison

    our nearest publix is 30 minutes away….which makes me cry on a regular basis. i'm stuck with a walmart and a winn dixie. which are just nuggets o'crap on the bottom of publix's shoe. one of my bloggy friends admitted the other day that she had never heard of publix and that made me decide that the western coast of our fair nation didn't deserve to exist anymore.

  • Logical Libby

    I go out of my way to go to a grocery store called Harmon's. There is a huge Smith's (Kroger) within walking distance from my house, but Harmon's is just the best.

    I get the grocery store love.

  • Roberta

    Yes, I agree with Aimee…out here in Cali it's a different world. But, I live in the Bay Area, and I go to my friendly neighborhood Safeway, and I ONLY go at night– like last night when I went at 1am– and I'm always always greeted, especially by the frozen goods stocker named Bo, and we get some super sweet savings, but nothing like Publix coupons…sigh. My starving artist budget could use something like that, for sure!

  • Canadianbloggergirl

    When I lived in NYC I used to cross over to Weehawken N.J. just to go to Publix. Oh how I miss the U.S.A. cheap groceries. Who pays 6.19 CAD for 4 litres of milk? I do!

    CBG
    canadianbloggergirl.blogspot.com

  • My Husband's Watching TV...

    No Publix here but we had them when I lived in SC and they are pretty fantastic…along with Zaxby's but that's another story!

  • Jackie

    Now I am all sad that we don't have Publix here. The closest to the heaven you have described is Hy-Vee (Where There's a Helpful Smile in Every Aisle – seriously, that is their motto – and not really true). It is nowhere near as good as what Publix sounds, does not do BOGO, and is quite expensive. Our Wal-Mart is an exercise in how not to have a panic attack while shopping there, or how not to get mugged/attacked while shopping there, or how not to watch drug deals go down there. And Target, while I love it, is starting to seriously **** me off. Every time I go, there is something that I used to be able to buy there (and bought all the time) that is no longer carried.

    So my favorite grocery store is in the small town adjacent to us, Fareway. Awesome meat counter, with great deals and they package everything up like you want, will trim meat up if you want, and will tell you the best way to cook it. Good low prices on most things (but you have to watch it), but my favorite part? They bag everything up, and *take it to my car and put it away for me*. For free. No tips allowed. Awe.Some.

    Now, if only I could figure out how to get them to come home with me and put it all away for me. ;)

  • Snuggle Wasteland

    I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. My mom lives in FL. The first time I went to Publix with her I was amazed at the awesomeness. She drives almost an hour to shop there (brings a cooler in the car) and raves about their BOGO deals.

  • mommylebron

    Ok, how to ask this without sounding all psycho stalker-ish or violating your privacy? Hmmm…My town's initials are PB any chance yours are WM? Cuz their store was closed for renovation and just reopened too. Coincidence? And Publix totally rocks. I'm not just saying that because my mom has worked for them for next to forever. When my hands are full dealing with the minions the bag boys have been known to unload my cart onto the register counter thingie before bagging them for me then taking them out to my car and putting them all in my trunk!

  • SurferWife

    This entire post creeped me the frick out. On SO many levels.

    Did you say there is a grocery store named Piggly Wiggly?

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH?

  • Lisa

    I love me some Publix too! My husband even works there (he's an assistant meat market manager) :) It is a truly magical place, and it actually makes me *want* to go grocery shopping! People I work with are all "it costs more", and I'm all "that's what sales and coupons are for. Besides, I'll pay extra for quality and good help any day!".

  • JMO

    I wish there was one closer to us!!

  • Stephanie in Suburbia

    Hmmm, no Publix here in MN. But I love their coupon policy and I also love that they closed for renovations. I complain a LOT on my blog about our local grocery store that issued MAPS for the month it took them to renovate.

  • SS

    I get so bummed when I read the posts about awesome super duper coupon deals. We don't get deals like that…. apparently the grocery industry has decided that folks in our state don't need cool money savings things like double coupons or sidewalk scrape coupons. *sucks* I get excited to find a regular coupon that I can use on a store sale item.

  • The Blogging Goddess

    We don't have a publix, and I avoid the grocery store as often as possible. HATE grocery shopping, in fact, just got back from it…blech.

  • KLZ

    This post makes me love you unendingly and convulse in seizures of jealousy in equal parts. It's perfect.

    The Publixsaurus? Man, so jealous.

  • foxy

    I don't have a Publix anywhere close to me and, after hearing about your undying love for them, I am very very sad about it.

  • la mì

    these pictures are fantastic!!!I love this blog!
    my name's martina and I come from Italy…I would like you visit my fashion blog and if you like it…follow me!I wait you and your tips!kiss kiss ;D

  • la mì

    these pictures are fantastic!!!I love this blog!
    my name's martina and I come from Italy…I would like you visit my fashion blog and if you like it…follow me!I wait you and your tips!kiss kiss ;D

  • la mì

    these pictures are fantastic!!!I love this blog!
    my name's martina and I come from Italy…I would like you visit my fashion blog and if you like it…follow me!I wait you and your tips!kiss kiss ;D

  • Siobhan

    It is an usual store name. I WILL say that much.
    we dont have stores like that in south Africa so i do my shopping at a store called Pick n Pay and they actually do have a book of coupons with recipes that i wish i could remember to buy more often

  • Random Musings Of My Life

    We dont have one near us.. But I feel the same way about CVS I Love that store with all the free stuff I get!

  • The Random Blogette

    We do not have a Publix anywhere near us. But I have witnessed the greatness of it. When I was younger our dance group would go to Disney for a week every August. We would stay in Kissimee (near Old Town) and always go to Publix as soon as we got in town to stock up our rooms. I remember how we used to call it Pubix. Cuz we were so mature. But whenever I see Publix I always want to call it Pubix still.

  • Wombat Central

    Am I the only one who immediately thinks of PUBIX when I see that name? Never been to one, but it sounds lovely. And a mascot? We have Wegmans, which totally rocks, but they don't have a mascot. I'mma put that in their suggestion box.

  • Chicken

    I feel robbed! I don't have a Publix. Should I write my congressman?

  • UnCheyned

    Oh, Amanda. I don't want to get your hopes up too high, but IT. GETS. BETTER. !!!

    Once your precious son is born, you can join the baby club. Publix will begin sending you monthly coupons for diapers (brand names even), wipes and baby food, as well as deli items, meat and adult food!

    It doesn't stop there, though. My son just turned two. Now he's in the kids club. The coupons are still coming but they are for things like goldfish or cake and ice cream!

    Sign up online as soon as you get the chance!

  • Kerr

    who knew publix has a mascot?! so glad you got your picture taken with him (or her? it?)

  • [...] right? Considering my deep and unending love for that store and how when it closed for 8 months for renovations I truly almost died even though there was another Publix about 5 minutes in the other direction? [...]

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