Publix to hold job fair
by David Atchison
Jul 12, 2011 | 5205 views |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Publix is holding a job fair Wednesday to help staff its new Pell City store. Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
Publix is holding a job fair Wednesday to help staff its new Pell City store. Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
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PELL CITY — Publix supermarket will take the first step Wednesday in staffing its new store here.

The supermarket chain will hold a job fair from 12-5 p.m., Wednesday, at the Pell City Civic Center, 2801 Stemley Bridge Road, Pell City.

The new 45,000 square-foot Publix store in Pell City is expected to open by September and will employ about 100 associates.

The new Publix supermarket will anchor the 13-acre South Park Shopping Center, 2040 Martin Street South.

Brenda Reid, media community relations manager for the Atlanta Division of Publix, said the staff for the new store should be in place about four weeks before the store opens.

She said the company promotes from within and most of the positions at the new Pell City store are entry-level positions.

“Most of the management team will come from other Publix locations,” Reid said. “The reason is we are very, very committed to customer service.”

She said the company wants to make a lasting first impression when someone enters a Publix supermarket.

“We want a seasoned team that can deliver the service you expect when you walk into a Publix store,” Reid said.

She did say the company is looking for certain skill level employees, such as meat cutters, bakers and cake decorators for the new store.

She said Publix will call back certain applicants for interviews after Wednesday’s job fair.

According to the company’s website, hourly wage full-time associates are paid weekly. Store associates receive quarterly retail bonuses. Associates are offered group health, dental and visions plans, and the company contributes to Publix stock for associates each year at no cost to the employee. Associates also have the opportunity to purchase additional shares of the privately-held stock.

Associates receive six paid holidays, and are offered vacation and sick days.

The company also has a tuition reimbursement program for all employees, full and part-time, who take courses related to their professional development.

According to the company’s website, any associate with six months of continuous service who works an average of 10 hours a week is eligible to participate with their manager’s approval.

Currently Publix has 1,036 stores scattered across Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.

Reid said Publix is privately owned and operated by its 148,500 employees with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion.

She said the company was named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 14 consecutive years.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.