George W. Jenkins was born Sept. 29, 1907. He grew up in Harris, GA. In 1925, he headed to Tampa, Fl. at the age of 17 and took a job as a stock clerk in a local grocery store. After only a couple of months, he was promoted to manager and was later transferred to manage the chain's largest store in Winter Haven, a position he held from 1926 to 1930. It was that year that he resigned and decided to start his own grocery store, later known as Publix Super Markets.