Lakeland-based Publix is the nation's largest privately held supermarket chain. More than two-thirds of its 1,030-plus stores are in Florida, but it also operates in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Publix makes some of its own bakery, deli, and dairy goods, and many stores include pharmacies and banks. It also operates liquor stores, convenience stores, and Crispers restaurants in Florida. Founder George Jenkins began offering stock to Publix employees in 1930, and the workers now own about 30 percent of Publix, which is still controlled by the Jenkins family.
2011 rank: 3
2010 rank: 4
Full-time employees in 2011: 7,425
Part-time employees in 2011: 11,075
Total employees in 2011: 18,500