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Publix Expanding Lakeland Corporate HQ

Construction for the project, which will create 700 new jobs, is set to begin in late 2019.

Retailers

Publix OKs Beards for Workers

After testing in several markets, the company will allow "neat and clean" beards chainwide.

The St. Louis-based retailer is also purchasing the pharmacies of 15 of the 19 acquired stores and 4 fuel centers on its home turf.

The fourth-generation grocer discusses how his company’s fun-and-family-first philosophy transcends to an exceptional experience for the 16-store retailer’s guests, the building blocks of a high-performance company culture and the high returns of treating people right.

Grocers best positioned to succeed have long prioritized the “employee experience,” not only to retain their workforce, but more importantly, their edge in the marketplace.

The new experience puts current associates front and center.

Plattsmouth, Neb., frozen-food manager earns Legendary Customer Service Award for delivering "best of the best" for customers.

Starting and hourly wage increases, improved benefits, signing bonuses and stronger anti-discrimination language are among the highlights of the new labor pact.

Chobani and QuikTrip also earn nods on the Great Places to Work rankings.

Retailers have untapped potential to arm associates with customer intelligence via smartphones and improve service.