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1940 Publix Super Market

 
 
1940 Publix Super Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 23, 2017
1. 1940 Publix Super Market Marker
Inscription. George W. Jenkins opened the first Publix Food Store in Winter Haven in 1930. Five years later, he opened a second location in town. He closed these first two stores to open his dream store, the first Publix Super market, on this site, Nov. 8, 1940. Jenkins combined the most advanced elements of U.S. food retailing with his own ideas to create a supermarket unlike any before. It featured air conditioning, fluorescent lighting and frozen food cases. The interior decor of pastel colors, beautiful terrazzo tile and soft music created a pleasant atmosphere for shoppers. The store's crowning glory was its electric-eye door, an amenity that exceeded the innovation of what any retail food company was offering at the time. It was called a "food palace' of marble, glass and stucco. Publix operated here until 1957, when it was replaced by a new store in Winter Haven.
 
Erected 2016 by The Polk County Historical Commission, Publix Super Markets, Inc. St. Matthew Cathoilc Church. (Marker Number PCHC-020.)
 
Location. 28° 1.331′ N, 81° 43.72′ W. Marker is in Winter Haven, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of West Central Avenue and 2nd Street Northwest, on the left when traveling east on West Central
1940 Publix Super Market image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 23, 2017
2. 1940 Publix Super Market
Avenue. Touch for map. Store is now the St. Matthew Thrift Store. Marker is at or near this postal address: 197 W Central Ave, Winter Haven FL 33880, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gram Parsons Derry Down (approx. mile away); Historic Pughsville Neighborhood (approx. one mile away); Florence Villa Training School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bayard Retail Building (approx. 4.7 miles away); Patterson Retail Building (approx. 4.7 miles away); "Flatiron" Triangle Building (approx. 4.7 miles away); Auburndale City Hall (approx. 4.7 miles away); Fort Cummings (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winter Haven.
 
Also see . . .  Publix Timeline. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
1940 Publix Super Market circa 1940s image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Florida Memory
3. 1940 Publix Super Market circa 1940s
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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