George Washington Jenkins Jr. (September 29, 1907 – April 8, 1996) was an American businessman who founded Publix Super Markets. As of 2016, the employee-owned, privately held corporation included 1,100 stores in the Southeastern United States with 170,000 employees and sales of $32 billion. 
Learn about the life and legacy of George W. Jenkins, the late founder of Publix Super Markets Inc., who opened his first store in 1930 and built a supermarket empire in Florida. Discover how his values and philosophies shaped the culture and success of Publix, a leading quality food retailer in the world.
Born on Sept. 29, 1907, to George W. Jenkins Sr. and Annie S. Nelson Jenkins, he was known from a young age to be a go-getter. Many may be surprised to learn that the grocery business was a part of our founder’s life long before he dreamed of Publix. Mr. George’s father owned a general store in their small town.
Learn how Mr. George Jenkins, the founder of Publix, built this company on a set of values that still guide us today. He believed in investing in others, giving back, preparing for opportunity, being there, respecting the dignity of the individual, and treating customers like royalty.
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George W. Jenkins, founder of Publix Supermarkets, the nation's ninth-largest grocery retailing chain and one of its most innovative, died on Monday at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center, a...
Our founder, George W. Jenkins, didn’t just say those words—he lived them. An active philanthropist who donated his time, talent, and money, Jenkins—affectionately known as Mr. George—established Publix Charities in 1966 to care for the communities Publix served.
George Jenkins (d. 1996) founded the company in 1930 after he left now-rival Piggly Wiggly. Publix is chaired by William E. "Ed" Crenshaw, a grandson of founder George Jenkins; Crenshaw was...
LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 2, 2021 — Last night, Publix Super Markets recognized 12 leaders with the George W. Jenkins Award during a dinner celebration. The award — named after Publix’s late founder — was presented to seven store managers, three recently promoted district managers and two support leaders who exemplify leadership, perpetuate ...
Publix Super Markets, Inc., commonly known as Publix, is an employee-owned American supermarket chain headquartered in Lakeland, Florida.  Founded in 1930 by George W. Jenkins, Publix is a private corporation that is wholly owned by present and past employees and members of the Jenkins family.