As we prepare to head into 2018, let’s take a moment to reflect on 2017 – and what a year it’s been for Publix Super Markets! We opened 44 new stores this year and hired more than 64,000 associates – most of them into our stores. Almost 3,000 new hires joined our support teams in Corporate, Distribution, Manufacturing, Industrial Maintenance, Pharmacy and IT.
We experienced significant growth in 2017 – adding Virginia to the list of states in which we operate. Our growth and promote from within philosophy led to the promotion of over 4,500 managers in our stores this year, and we expect continued internal opportunity next year.