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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