Brenda Reid, media community relations manager for the Atlanta Division of Publix, said the ceremony at the 45,000 square foot Publix supermarket will start at 6:45 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31. Normal store hours are from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Reid said Mayor Bill Hereford will give remarks at the official ribbon cutting ceremony that morning.
She said the store will contain traditional grocery, dairy and frozen food departments and much more, including a full-service meat department where customers can have their orders custom cut and trimmed.
Reid said the first 1,000 customers Wednesday will receive a free Publix re-usable grocery bag.
“Flowers will be given to customers as they enter the store while supplies last,” Reid said.
She said the first 25 customers who purchase $25 or more in groceries will win a free bag of groceries valued at $25.
Reid said there are fun activities slated for children between 3-7 p.m. the day the store opens. Children can enjoy watching a magician, balloon artist and caricature artist in action.
She said customers are encouraged to register to win prizes throughout the store, including a $100 gift card from Publix, cake, deli platter and fresh products from the meat and produce departments.
The new store has a full-service deli that features Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, as well as made-to-order sub sandwiches, fried chicken and rotisserie chicken.
Reid said the store features 200 varieties of domestic and international chesses.
She said the store’s bakery will offer an array of cakes, cookies, pies and desserts, and decorated custom wedding cakes.
The new store also has a full-time pharmacy with a drive-thru window.
The produce department carries organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, featuring seasonal produce.
Workers are already stocking the shelves of the brand new store in preparation for next week’s opening. The new store has 110 associates.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 149,000 employees with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion.
Currently Publix has 1,038 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company was named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 14 consecutive years.
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