There have been rumors flying for months now regarding Publix rolling out a corporate coupon policy. I’ve been asking my store manager for months so I can give you all a heads up. This week I taught a coupon class and one of the attendees husband, is a Publix Manager and she told me that it will be effective April 1st and they will only be taking traditional grocery stores as competitors and that does not include Target. I had to have a moment of silence to process that.
Yesterday when I did my shopping trip for the week I asked about it at my Publix in Oakleaf Commons. I was told that it will be effective March 1st and they will only take Winn Dixie and Target because that is their local competition. However, the Publix on San Jose for example that has a Whole Foods across the street will also accept Whole Foods coupons. They will no longer be taking Walgreens and CVS because they do not consider them traditional grocery stores. I guess Harveys and Food Lion is also out for my store since they are not too close by. Last month when I talked to my Publix Store Manager he said he hopes they have 30 days to acclimate customers to the new policy. I’m guess this is why my store will start on March 1st.
So it seems that each store will still have it’s own variations in the policy but at least it will be consistent between all of the employees. Which doesn’t seem like much of a change from what it is now. Weather this policy will be written down and posted at each store or linked to on the Publix website we’ll just have to wait and see.
Have you heard anything about the Policy at your store?