New Publix store in Warner Robins about to open

lmorris@macon.comDecember 4, 2010 

The newest Publix grocery store in the midstate is expected to open in less than two weeks.

The Publix at Gunn Battle Shopping Center on the Ga. 247 Connector at U.S. 41 is set to open at 7 a.m. Dec. 15, said media and community relations manager Brenda Reid in an e-mail.

The 54,340-square-foot store will include a full service pharmacy, bakery, deli and fresh seafood. About 100 workers will be employed at the store.

“Publix selected this store location because of its growth opportunity to attract new customers,” Reid said. “We also have many customers who live in this area who shop with us in other stores.”

With the new store opening, Warner Robins will lose another Publix store.

The company will close its store in the Houston Square Shopping Center at 207 Russell Parkway at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Reid said. This 55,000-square-foot store opened in 1994. About 100 people currently work at this location.

“All associates have been offered positions with Publix, therefore, no one will lose their jobs,” she said. “Many of the associates will open the new store, including one of the pharmacists. Customers who currently have their prescriptions at the Houston Square Publix will be able to pick up refills at any Publix location.”

The new store layout allows for a larger selection of products and services, Reid said.

“The new store is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, including energy efficient lighting and refrigeration,” she said. “The color scheme is warmer and more welcoming.”

Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix is privately owned and operated by its 146,000 employees, with 2009 sales of $24.3 billion. The company has 1,035 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 13 consecutive years.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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