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    Ask people in much of the South where they shop for food, and they’ll say, “My Publix!” The $32.4 billion supermarket chain, founded by George Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, Fla., has long wowed shoppers, who rave about its stellar customer service (personalized special orders are encouraged), but Publix’s greatest achievement is how it takes care of employees. An employee stock-ownership program started by Jenkins in the early days has helped it become the world’s largest worker-owned company, employing nearly 180,000 people in 1,113 stores in six Southeastern states, with plans to expand into Virginia next year. Read more about Publix in our feature My Five Days of ‘Bleeding Green.’

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    Todd Jones
    HQ location
    Lakeland, Fla.
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