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Saturday, August 21, 2021

I was out this morning running a couple of errands. The last errand was to stop by one of the several Publix Super Markets in my general neighborhood to get various household items, including lunch. I was in the mood for sushi, which Publix does a decent job of making.

As I entered this store and started shopping, it hit me: I wouldn’t be able to get sushi here. Of the dozens of Publixes in the Tampa Bay area, I inadvertently picked the one — maybe the only one? — that doesn’t have a sushi chef.

What’s the deal? The rest of the Publix stores around here promote the hell out of their sushi selection; they even plant little lawn signs around the stores announcing that they’re holding rice rolls! In addition, there are a couple of other Publix stores within a five-mile radius of this one, the Gateway Mall store, that I know have sushi.

Why this single Publix chooses not to stock it, I cannot fathom. Maybe the demographics of the immediate neighborhood dictate that sushi wouldn’t move in this store. I don’t know for sure, but it does seem that the majority of dwellings around Gateway Mall are seniors, and I’m guessing most of them would never touch the stuff. Then again, I’m reasonably closeby, and there are other 20- and 30-somethings around who would go for it.

I guess my biggest gripe is the notion that I even have to take into consideration that individual branches of a major grocery chain wouldn’t have a consistent product selection. It’s like going to a particular McDonald’s and finding out that it doesn’t serve up Big Macs.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/21/2004 06:25:12 PM
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  1. You have a valid point. There should be consistancy in every store. However the sushi operation at any given Publix store is an independant operation. They are simply vendors such as your chip and soda jockeys.
    Also you must consider saturation in the market… If every store had sushi there would be too much. I have worked in the meat department for 15 years now and until sushi came into the picture “meat” was the most perishible comodity. Those guys make that stuff like little ants all day and trow it away every morning. I will agree with you that you should be able to get anything you needed which ever store you shopped but those vendors wouldn’t absorb the losses.

    Comment by Dan — 09/27/2004 @ 08:07:07 PM

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