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.
|- Promotion: Cheetos BOGO||- $3|
|Vendor Coupon||- .50|
|Vendor Coupon||- .50|
|Competitor Coupon||- $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?