Before Publix was founded in 1930, Mr. George worked at a Piggly Wiggly store in Winter Haven, Florida. While managing that store, the company experienced a change in ownership. Eager to introduce himself and share his ideas with the new owner, he traveled to Atlanta. The new owner declined to meet with Mr. George, stating he was tied up in an important business conference.
Mr. George left feeling disappointed. On his way back to Florida, he knew he wanted to build a company where everyone would have a voice and the doors to communication would always be open. He dreamed of creating a work environment where associates would feel respected and valued.
In 1930, his dream became a reality when he opened his first Publix and established a workplace with an open door of communication where his associates were encouraged to share their ideas, ask questions and talk freely with one another regardless of their level in management.
This culture of openness is still carried on at Publix today. Read more about Publix Culture and the different ways our associates’ voices can be heard.
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