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Become a Publix “Foodie”



Are you a “foodie” who would like to take your interest to the next level?  Want to build your “hobby” into a career? As the saying goes, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” If you’re a foodie anyway, you’re halfway there. 

Think about your last visit to Publix.  Do you remember strolling around the perimeter of the store and seeing the beautifully decorated cakes, crispy loaves of bread, skillfully cut rib eye steaks, mouth watering quinoa salad and handcrafted sandwiches?  This is all produced by our culinary professionals.  The associates in our Bakeries, Meat Departments and Delis all learn how to follow Publix recipes, artfully display products and maintain our sanitation standards. The goal, of course, is to meet and even exceed our customer’s needs.  Gaining their confidence in our quality offerings means customer loyalty and the likelihood we’ll see that customer return to shop at Publix again and again.  And since our associates own the company, that’s important to us.

Doesn’t this sound like a perfect career for you?  All you have to do now is to bring your interest and enthusiasm and apply at Publix for a position within one of our fresh departments.  For the Bakery and Meat Departments, we have trainee positions (Cake Decorator Trainee, Baker Trainee and Meat Cutter Trainee) that you can apply for.  You can also consider applying for the Bakery or Meat/Seafood departments in general so you can experience the environment to see where you would fit best.   Once you are here, I don’t think you will want to leave. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, develop and grow a career doing something you love.  

Some associates come to Publix with training and /or experience in these skills, but many come to Publix without these skills. They are all trained and developed into skilled culinary professionals, often finding lifelong career fulfillment in these roles.  At Publix, there is a specific training process designed so the associate can succeed and progress.  Once the skills are mastered, our associates can move up into managing one of these fresh departments, with entry-level managers earning an average of $45,388 per year!  Some culinarians go into store management roles.  This is another great option since Store Managers earn an average $114,859 per year.  Others progress within their specific departments at a regional or corporate level to help develop and improve both products and methods to best serve our customers.  Whichever path they follow, our culinary associates enjoy two things: a passion for food and ownership in Publix. 

The next time you are in a Publix, visit our fresh departments, talk with our culinary professionals and ask them what motivates them in their careers at Publix.  Sure they are enthusiastic to be part-owners of the largest employee-owned company in the nation.  Even more than that, though, I think you will discover that once someone begins at Publix, they want to learn, develop and grow a career here.  By bringing their passion to the position, they find it is not work at all!

19 Responses

  1. airlinem September 6, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    What the best way to get interview I try a different ways pretty much it do not work. I’m been applying since I was 16 now I’m 20 looking for a Job in west palm beach its like a hard rock

    • sueward
      sueward September 8, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      I am sorry you are frustrated with getting a job at Publix. To apply for a retail position at Publix, please visit the Publix store of your choice and complete an application at our Job Application Center, which is located in the front end of our stores. A Publix application must be completed prior to being considered for employment. When an application is processed through this system, other stores in the area may also view it. It usually takes around 30-45 minutes to complete the entire application. There is a personal information application as well as a questionnaire for traits such as customer service. Each part can be completed separately over seven days but the hiring managers cannot view the application until both parts are completed.

      Managers can only view an application for 30 days after it is completed. Candidates should update the personal information at least every 30 days. An application can be updated at any time, and at any store, not only the one where it was first submitted. The updating process is quick. It is important to know the log-in name and password entered when first applying. Once signed into the system, applicants have to answer a few questions and then are good for another 30 days. (the exact name and password entered when first applying must be used.) The questionnaire portion of the application process cannot be retaken for 6 months, so be as careful as possible when completing that the first time around. If an email address is entered, an acknowledgement of receipt of the application will be sent to the applicant and will include the date the application becomes inactive.

      After you complete the application, I recommend that you speak with the Store Manager. Let them know about your interest in a career with Publix, that you have a current application and provide any detail about your skills and experience. They can let you know if there are any current job openings in the store, and possibly any openings in other local Publix stores. Use our “store locator” on our website to get the contact information for all locations in your area.

      Please remember that availability is an important factor when reviewing applications. Our stores are open seven days per week and we have associates working from early morning to late night to prepare and maintain our stores and products for customers. It is important that our associates have some night and weekend availability.

      I hope this helps in your quest. Sue

  2. Ron September 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    I am interested in applying to work at the new Publix being built in Cary, NC. How do I apply for a job?

    Thanks – Ron

    • sueward
      sueward September 8, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Dear Ron,

      We are in the process of recruiting and hiring associates for the Cary store. I recommend that you send a resume to my partner, Jackie Moreno, who is handling the recruiting for this store. Her email is I am sure she will be able to provide you with timely information.

      Sue Ward

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 8, 2014 at 10:12 am #


      Apply at the store once it opens. We have already held application events for that location, conducted interviews and are in the process of extending offers. But if you apply the moment the store opens, there could be additional hires made in the coming months.


  3. anna1 September 9, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    I am interested in working for the store opening in Huntersville, NC. How do I apply for jobs at that location?

    • sueward
      sueward September 9, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      No further job fairs are planned at this time for the new Huntersville, NC store that will be opening in October. If you are interested in employment there, please email and include a resume and cover letter. Once the new store opens in early October, you will be able to apply at the Job Application Center at that location. ~Sue

  4. rhdidane06 September 12, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    hi I’m from cary nc and i want to apply for the store opening soon here. how can i apply ?

    • sueward
      sueward September 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      We are in the process of selecting associates for the Cary store. I recommend that you send a resume to my partner, Jackie Moreno, who is handling the recruiting for this store. Her email is I am sure she will be able to provide you with timely information.

  5. ncboy2611 September 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I was wondering if you could help me out and let me know what areas I am missing in not getting selected for an interview.
    1. I have an updated application (check every month for the last 8 months)
    stop in different locations and have talked to different management and they all say the same thing we need to get you on board with your experience.
    2. My availability is wide open, I have been in retail my entire working career and I know what hours you need to be available.
    3. I have 20+ years in grocery/restaurant/mgt experience, I understand Publix philosophy on promoting from within and I think that is what made you the great company you are today.
    4. Not looking for a mgt position to start, but someday would like to pursue that path, just would like to get my foot in the door and prove myself and knowledge.
    I live in the Charlotte Area and they have opened numerous stores and still no interviews.
    Any feedback or direction would greatly be appreciated

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Please email She is the recruiter for the Charlotte Division and may be able to help you. She is in Myrtle Beach right now at an interviewing event, so she may not be able to respond immediately. She will however get back with you. Thanks for your interest in working at Publix.


      • ncboy2611 October 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

        I still haven’t received a response back regarding my initial post. Sue Ward emailed asking for my name in which the application is under (Eugene Korson) and not sure if she received it.

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge October 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

          I messaged Jackie and Sue for one of them to contact you.


  6. nina_mercure September 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Is there anymore information about dates stores in NC will be opening, all I see is Early 2015 and Late 2015? I would LOVE to transfer from my store in Key West, Fl.

  7. leacey05 October 6, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    I am relocating to Myrtle Beach, SC and am very interested in applying for cake decorator position at the store being built in North Myrtle Beach. How do I apply for this store?

  8. zentastic3 January 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Hi Sue, I am a store demo event specialist at a super store in Concord. I am very interested in joining your apron event planning team for the Concord store when it opens. How do I go about posting for a position in a store that has not yet opened? Thank you!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 5, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      We would welcome your application for our Concord store. Please visit this web page in February and March to see the announcement on how you can apply for work there:


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