Historic Markers Across Florida

First Publix Store 1930

Marker ID: PCHC 22
Location: 58 4th Street NW, Winter Haven, FL
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 28° 01.363    W 081° 43.876
  28.02271666    -81.73126666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMZ3WV


First Publix Stor

George W. Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets Inc. was born Sept. 29, 1907, in Harris City, GA. At the age of 17, he came to Florida and took a job as a food store clerk in Tampa. In 1930, he decided to open his own store. He rented space at 58 Fourth Street NW, Winter Haven and called his business Publix Food Store. He got the idea for the name from the Publix Theatres movie chain. He proudly opened this store Sept. 6, 1930. He operated here until 1940, when he built his dream store on W. Central Avenue, two blocks east of this site.

PCHC-22 A Polk County Heritage Site
Polk County Historical Commission,
Publix Super Markets, Inc., Six/Ten