Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dear Publix,

Dear Publix,
Thank you so much for being a nice grocery store. I truly appreciate the fact that I can take my children there and they actually have fun (I don't kill them and they don't kill each other), nice people talk to them (not scary people that could possibly be on a wanted list) and I don't feel like they are being exposed to a plethora of germs (thanks to your antibacterial wipes in the front of the store). Oh, and I can get some grocery shopping done. Our Publix (Moutain Cove Crossing in Huntsville, AL) is out of our way- it was closer to our old house- but we drive the extra 2.5 miles to go there because they are the best in town (and I know where stuff is and my prescriptions are already there). It's a new-ish store, so that helps, too.

My experience at the grocery store yesterday was superb. We arrived to find new carts for kiddos where 2 children can face the front (vs. stare at me the whole time while I try to entertain them AND find the lowest priced olive oil) and "drive" as we go up and down each aisle (right to left like you're supposed to do it).

They got free cookies (I ate one for Henry), which distracted them long enough (through produce and bread) until we got to the free balloons. The balloons entertained them through the rest of the store (until they both- BOTH- lost theirs at the end of the trip- even though they were both tied to weights). The appeal of the new cart (with 2 levels for groceries/ stuff) cannot go unnoticed- a really great cart.

I also would like to commend you on a wide store-brand organic selection, hiring baggers with special needs, a great meat selection, the 2 for 1 deals that change every week and doubling coupons every day. Over and above all else, taking the groceries to the car is one of the best perks of shopping at your store. I always have someone help me to my car when they ask and by the time I've got my child/ children in the car, they've unloaded the groceries. That's the main reason I keep coming back. And the above mentioned reasons, as well, but that puts you over the edge on the mom-o-meter.

So thanks, Publix. Grocery shopping is a little bit easier because of you. I HEART Publix.

P.S. I am fully expecting a response from you folks in Lakeland, FL. Since I used to work in the marketing department in a big national company, I know that you get lists every day of what has appeared online with your name in it. So, e-mail or comment here to let me know you hear me and thanks!

14 comments:

Vaughn said...

I love Publix too! We are getting one in Prattville very soon (not soon enough though!)

I love the fact that you are using the reusable bags! I thought that I was the only one!

annieck said...

I am RIGHT THERE WITH YOU! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Publix!!! The store is always clean and organize. The people are genuinely kind that work there. They don't roll their eyes at me when I come in with my stack of coupons. They ask ME if I want a rain check when they're out of what I need. The buggies ARE great. Last night, our boys looked just like yours...they were lovin' the car cart! It was Asher's first time in one. :)
In Atl, I shopped at Publix some but mostly shopped at Kroger because Publix was "more expensive". Now that I've learned the tricks of strategic shopping and Publix's great policies, they are like the least expensive store and definitely the nicest.
So I, like you, HEART Publix!!! :)

annieck said...

Um...I did take English. ORGANIZED would make a little more sense on my third line. :)

Lydia said...

I heart Publix too! The free cookies and balloons are cool and they always have great sales on baby food. Oh, and their participation in UPromise is commendable. Yea for Publix!

becky said...

that is awesome. my kids always want to go "ride the green car". right now the closest one is in madison. but they are building on in athens. and the good news is that when we move, they have one in hazel green, so i won't have to go to WM all the time, or drive the 20 minutes it takes to get there or a decent grocery store for that matter!!

Laura said...

Please tell me you remember how one of our dear friends pronounces Publix. My whole family says it like that now just from the story.....

nick, robyn and taylor said...

Man, I want a Publix. We don't have them in Mobile. I shop at Walmart and absolutely hate it. I put off going to the grocery store like you wouldn't believe. I guess Bruno's would be the closest we have to your Publix, but I'm on a strict grocery budget and if I want to get the most for my money I must continue to shop at the WM. I'm pretty sure my blood pressure and heart rate increase every time I'm in there. And the buggies...don't even get me started. So enjoy your Publix and I hope they send you some sort of compensation for giving them such public praise.

Hollie and Janie said...

Hillary,
Your boys are just precious!! I just love reading your blog. I love publix so much, too!! and i don't even have kids!! :)

LeAnne said...

Oh my goodness...my kids love that car cart too!! Sometimes their "races" get a little loud and out of control...but we still love it there!

Donna said...

I can't remember what it was like shopping without race car carts- I don't think I can go back now. Also- ours has one with the 2-seat car down in the front and a baby seat in the buggy part so you can ride THREE babies! That'll be nice next summer!

Shana said...

i am a little disappointed that Publix in lakeland, FL hasn't responded yet....

I am a new fan of Publix also...there's one by my house...it's MUCH cleaner. It's worth the extra dough.

Holly said...

I have another friend who left an ode to Publix on her blog yesterday, too! http://jennifermeffert.blogspot.com How funny!

Jen said...

i Heart Pew-blix, too!

Tara said...

We love it too! Although the big green car are kinda difficult for me to maneuver down the aisles. I felt like I was going to hit somebody! But Brooks did like it that one time I let him ride in it. I had to stop getting the free balloon because he would lose by the time we got to the check out and, wow, what a fit he would throw!!

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