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PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS, INC. ANNOUNCES GWINNETT SITE FOR ATLANTA DISTRIBUTION/DAIRY PROCESSING PLANT

 LAKELAND, Fla., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Publix Super Markets, Inc. has purchased approximately 293 acres at Gwinnett Progress Center from development of its multi-phased distribution/warehouse/dairy processing facility. When completed by 1995, the project will encompass approximately 3 million square feet, employ 500-800 people and service more than 80 stores within a 250-mile radius of Atlanta.
 "We have reviewed a number of sites throughout metro Atlanta over the last 12 months. The Gwinnett Progress Center location represented the best combination of transportation access, acreage, utilities and topography of any site considered," said W. Edwin (Ed) Crenshaw, vice president of Publix's Atlanta Division. "We look forward to having the facility operational so it can support our continued growth in the Southeast." The company estimates building 50 stores in the Atlanta area over the next decade.
 Gwinnett Progress Center is a 1,500-acre business park located on Highway 316. Its direct access to ground, rail and air transportation has made it an attractive distribution site for such companies as The Home Depot, Ricoh Electronics and Rhone-Poulenc, among others.
 Publix's Atlanta Division currently receives products from the company's distribution facilities in Jacksonville and Lakeland, Fla. A third distribution center outside of Miami services the south Florida region.
 Located on U.S. Highway 316 between Fence Road and Hurricane Trail, the new facility will include a 400,000- to 500,000-square-foot dry grocery warehouse, a 300,000- to 350,000-square-foot perishables terminal and a 133,000-square-foot dairy processing plant. The development will also include a garage department that will provide service and maintenance to the 1,700 trucks expected to travel to and from the facility each week. Construction is slated to begin on the dry grocery warehouse by the end of this year. Architects and contractors have not yet been named for the project. At build-out, Publix expects to employ associates for general warehouse, maintenance, clerical and truck driver positions.
 The dry grocery warehouse will receive an average of 325,000 pieces of merchandise each week, including such items as canned goods, paper products and packaged goods. The perishables terminal will receive, ship and package up to 787,000 cases of merchandise including produce, table-ready meats, margarine, dough products and dairy products.
 The dairy processing plant, which will include a frozen food warehouse, will produce fluid milk, orange juice, ice cream and cultured products to be sold under the Publix label in the stores.
 "Because of the pro-business stance of both the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the county commissioners, Gwinnett Progress Center has been able to win a blue chip company for our county," said Charles Cowart, director of sales and marketing for Gwinnett Progress Center. "Public is the type of company we want to continue to being to this area and their new investment will pay dividends to Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta for many years to come."
 Publix Super Markets, Inc., with 1992 sales of $6.7 billion, is the eighth-largest volume grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the top 10 privately owned companies in the country. The company operates more than 400 stores throughout Florida and Georgia and employs about 75,000 associates. In 1993, Public was recognized as one of the top 10 places to work in America by authors of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.
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 /CONTACT Jennifer Bush, 813-499-5476, or Rita Owens, 404-319-3649, both of Publix Super Markets, Inc./


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