Fortune recently released their 2009 Best Companies list. This year Publix finished with an overall rank of 88th. First published in 1998, the Fortune list has included Publix every year – one of only 13 companies to accomplish that feat.
In an article released yesterday, Fortune magazine includes Lakeland-based Publix as one of the nine of their “Best Companies” never to experience a layoff.
According to Fortune, Publix has never had a layoff in 79 years, is 100% employee-owned, and nearly 6000 associates have worked for the company 20-years or more.
The company has seen sales increase during the downturn while competitors have endured layoffs and store closures. Publix, which enjoys a strong balance sheet with no long-term debt, has focused on operational efficiency, managing costs, employee development, and store growth and expansion. Last year, Publix acquired 49 stores closed by Albertson’s and hired more than 1,250 people in those locations. — Fortune
The magazine also featured Publix as one of their top companies that is hiring. Miami, Jacksonville, and Lakeland are the prime sports for the approximate 900 open positions.
What they’re looking for: People for retail grocery stores, information systems, manufacturing, distribution and other support offices. — Fortune
Publix will open their 1000th store on February 5th in St. Augustine, Florida. The Southgate store renovations are scheduled for completion during the fourth quarter of 2009.