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Publix Halts the Sale of Fireworks in Florida.

LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 1998--Publix Super Markets Inc. will stop the sale of recreational fireworks in Florida. The decision, effective immediately, was made due to the recent dry conditions and the outbreak of fires throughout the state.

"Safety and the protection of our community and environment is our greatest concern," said Lee Brunson, director of community affairs for Publix Super Markets.

"We hope customers who were planning to buy fireworks at their neighborhood Publix will understand. However, as good corporate citizens, we feel this is a responsible decision, despite the loss of holiday sales," continued Brunson.

Publix, which is owned and operated by its more than 110,000 employees, is the eleventh largest-volume food company in the United States with 1997 sales of $11.2 billion. Currently, Publix has more than 570 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. The company has been named one of America's top 10 places to work in the book, The100 Best Companies to Work for in America, as well as one of the top 50 companies in Fortune's recent list of best workplaces. In addition, Publix's dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey published in Fortune magazine.

 CONTACT: Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland
 Lee Brunson, 941/688-1188

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Date:Jun 23, 1998
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