Publix expanding Lakeland headquarters, adding 700 new workers

A rendering of the Publix headquarters expansion in Lakeland. (Handout from Publix)

Publix Super Markets plans to double the size of its workforce at its Lakeland headquarters with an expansion that will add 700 employees.

Publix announced Thursday that it plans to complete the expansion by 2027, bringing the workforce there to 1,400 employees.

Publix has applied with the state for economic incentives and said it plans to spend about $25 million on the project. The state has not said how much in incentives Publix will be eligible for.

“These additional jobs will help us support our store associates as they continue to provide the premier service our customers expect,” Publix CEO and President Todd Jones said in a statement. “We are proud of the role we continue to play in the great state of Florida.”

Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, was in Lakeland to make the announcement.

Publix has 1,198 stores in seven states, including 749 in Florida. It also has about 190,000 employees.

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