photo of Publix associates


Though the premier customer service you’ve come to expect at Publix has been the same since Mr. George Jenkins founded the company in 1930, many aspects of the shopping experience have changed – including associate uniforms.

Take a walk down memory lane with us as we fondly remember uniforms through the decades.

1940s and 1950s

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In the late 1940s, this associate was all smiles. She was dressed in her perfectly ironed Publix dress. Do you see the neat badge on her left shoulder sleeve? This badge actually showcases the Publix name and a store image.

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This photo displays the nostalgia of the 1950s. Women at Publix were sporting a dress with sneakers or flats depending on the department they worked in. The men wore short sleeved, pleated white shirts tucked neatly into their khaki pants


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This Deli associate was selling fresh, buy one, get one free pizza by the slice! She was looking trendy for the ‘70s, wearing red from head to toe. The head piece added a nice touch – don’t you think?

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These two associates may not be wearing  today’s traditional Publix green, but we’re loving the pastel colors. The pastels were certainly all the rage in the ‘70s.  And to say they looked “groovy” would be an understatement.


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These associates from the ‘80s knew how to rock the Publix green! It’s a bit of a brighter shade than what we’re used to now, but this fun uniform certainly lights up a room.

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This Bakery associate proudly wore her  brown uniform as she helped customers in the 1980s. The white apron and her hat complement the outfit well.


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In the 90’s, we decided to change things up a bit with some teal and coral — and trendy bowties! Do you remember these uniforms?

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Even in the 90s, our associates could light up a room with their smiles. The teal and grey uniforms also provided a welcoming atmosphere!


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Today, we’ve transitioned to a unique orange color for some of our fresh departments, and the green and black uniforms that you’ve come to know and love.  We think our associates love them, too!


So, do you have any throwback Publix uniform pictures to share?  Show us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Kandi S.

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Kandi S. wrote her first short story at nine-years-old and has been a lover of the written word ever since, which makes The Publix Checkout one of her favorite things about working for Publix! Starting as a cashier in 2005, Kandi has since incorporated her love for writing and social media with her passion for the company focused on customer service. She enjoys fitness, writing, live music and local food and beverages. Kandi hopes you walk away from our blog each day with a new-found appreciation for the grocery store where shopping is a pleasure.

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