George Washington Jenkins Jr

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

George Washington Jenkins Jr. was born in Warm Springs, Georgia back in 1907 to George Sr. and Annie. In the 1920s, his father moved his business to Atlanta and the young Jenkins stayed behind to sell the remaining inventory and finish high school.  In 1924, he moved to Atlanta where he enrolled in Georgia Tech, but only attended for a few months.

He tried holding down several jobs one of which was a real estate agent, all of them didn’t last long.  He moved about settling in Sarasota, Florida where he worked as a store manager for a dozen Piggle Wiggly markets.  He did so well he was transferred to a store in St. Petersburg.  During 1930, Florida experienced the real estate bubble burst, thus the owner of the store had to sell to a firm out of Atlanta.  He traveled to Atlanta to talk to the new owner.  When he arrived, he was told by his secretary the man was no available due to a critical business consultation.  However, he could hear the man talking about his golf game.  This enraged young George so he went back to Florida opening up his own store directly across from the one he had worked at.  Thus, was the start of Publix Super Markets.  He died in1996, he was 88

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Comments (19)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 


Dec 15, 2020 03:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Dec 15, 2020 03:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... having spent almost half of my two decade corporate career with major grocery retailers, I'm very familiar with Piggly Wiggle and Publix. These days I also shop at Publix from time to time as they made their appearance in Charlotte area some years back.

Dec 15, 2020 04:20 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Yippee...I got this one been shopping their for decades.

Dec 15, 2020 04:36 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing about a small store taking down a big one, haha.  I always prefer to support small businesses.

Dec 15, 2020 05:00 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Even here we have had many grocery stores come and go!

Thankfully there is an independent that has a better variety and quality meats than the big boy in town!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 15, 2020 05:25 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

There are several good lessons in this story James Dray  but my favorite is that rude behavior should cause competition to crush you! 

Dec 15, 2020 05:29 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - yes, his picture is up in the front of the Publix where we shop in Florida.

Dec 15, 2020 05:45 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Entrepreneurship takes a lot of determination and hard work. Thank you for sharing this with us today 

Happy Tuesday morning  James Dray 

Dec 15, 2020 06:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - although neither chain has a presence in our market, I am familiar with both names.  The story of the founding of Publix is a classic and one repeated in any forms in business and life.  

Dec 15, 2020 06:38 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Lots of different things motivate one to take a step towards setting up a business. Anger can be a strong motivator.

Dec 15, 2020 06:57 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray as Frank Sinatra said, "Massive success is the best revenge."

Dec 15, 2020 07:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- spent many hours in Publix when we were in Florida!  What an interesting story. 

Dec 15, 2020 08:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The first time I saw Publix was on our frequent trips to Florida.  They are not here at all.  A

Dec 15, 2020 08:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Well I can understand he had a passion for work and thinking out the box all the time.


Dec 15, 2020 09:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, I loved the inspriation and what a success story to boot, Endre

Dec 15, 2020 08:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That was certainly an interesting incentive and inspiration to start a new store which turned out to be pretty successful!

Dec 16, 2020 03:09 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Competition is good for business. Keeps everyone sharper. 

Jan 13, 2021 09:04 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

George Washington Jenkins Jr. obviously had the talent and the work ethic to succeed…which he did in a huge way.

May 19, 2021 07:09 AM