Why do most Publix locations in Florida have scales?
Turns out it’s a tradition that started with their founder, George Jenkins. Back in the 30s, home scales weren’t a thing. You couldn’t just walk into your bathroom and find out how much you weigh.
Mr. Jenkins put scales in his stores and let his customers use them for free. At the time, other stores were charging people to weigh themselves. It became a novelty and as Publix expanded, they kept the tradition going.
But Publix has expanded pretty rapidly throughout the Southeast. At the same time, the cost of the scales has ballooned to four times what it used to be. So not every new Publix has one.
Does yours? Do you use it?
If you want to check out the full history of the scales in Publix, check out this blog post from the store. It goes into more detail.