By the 7:00 am public door opening approximately 350 customer were already lined up, and fired up, to get inside.

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

The long anticipated (and even longer planned) Grand Opening of the new Cullman Publix Food and Pharmacy came off without delay, incident or hiccup Wednesday.

In fact, by all accounts, it was a spectacular mega-success for everyone involved.

Anxious shoppers began arriving before 6:00 am on October 14 2015 ahead of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (at least one as early as 3:00 am). By the 7:00 am public door opening approximately 350 customer were already lined up, and fired up, to get inside.

The first 1,000 customers through the door received a free, re-usable Publix grocery bag. Additionally, the first 25 customers purchasing $50 or more in groceries got an additional $25 worth of food stuffs.

The first wave of customers were greeted by Store Manager Brad Hupp who was passing out flowers to everyone as well as directing new shoppers to the many free sample areas scattered around the new store.

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

 

New Publix customers also got the chance to win a cornucopia of free prizes including a $100 gift card, yummy pastries, robust deli platters, ocean fresh seafood and USDA Choice meats as well as blood pressure kits and other pharmacy items. Children were not forgotten either … a magician, balloon artist and a ton of kid friendly foods were on-hand.

The day prior to opening, Manager Hupp broke down for future shoppers what to expect inside the new Publix:

  The real excitement occurred from around 6:45 am until around 8:00 am. Dignitaries from the City of Cullman, the Cullman County Commission, the Alabama State Legislature, the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and the corporate and regional Publix offices were on scene for as dramatic and entertaining of a ribbon cutting ceremony as has been seen in Cullman’s long history. Store Manger Hupp along with Cullman Mayor Max A. Townson and Alabama State Senator Paul Bussman were the primary speakers at the ceremony:

 

And then, the doors opened:

    Cullman Today was lucky enough to catch up with the 1st ever Publix of Cullman paid Customer, Carolyn Tuggle. In the following interview, she explains her rapid shopping strategy and her prayer session with fellow shoppers ahead of the morning’s grand opening:

 

By 9:00 am, we estimate that at least 500 shoppers had made their way through the aisles of the new Publix, and we saw not one unhappy face.

After the first wave of hoopla subsided and the first-through-the-door customers thinned out, we were able to speak with a couple of the key store workers about their specialty areas within the store.
The first was Tammy – the packaged foods and meals-to-go lady at Publix:

  In addition, we spoke with Tammy, the Boar’s Head Lady:

 

We also spoke with MANY first time shoppers at Publix, including prominent Cullman Attorney R. Champ Crocker who made his way into the store after the initial rush. Attorney Crocker had this to say,

“I’ve been consciously working on my fitness and wellness levels very intently over the last year. Organic and all-natural foods have been a big part of my program. This Publix obviously understands the needs of the health and fitness conscious in Cullman.

Also, I have to admit the Deli section is a real bonus. Being able to come in here and pick-up a high quality, healthy, ready-to-eat meal works perfectly for my busy schedule!”

 

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

R. Champ Crocker – Cullman Attorney

 

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

 

What If You Missed Opening Day?

Worry not!

Publix of Cullman has plenty of Special Events, Promotions, Food Samplings, Cooking Demonstrations and more happening over the next two weeks as part of their ongoing Grand Opening festivities:

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

 

And finally, here are some important details about the new Publix of Cullman store that you may want to know:

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

 

Mega Opening Day Success At Cullman Publix

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The staff writers at Cullman Today are a collaborative group of citizen reporters sharing the writing of stories based upon their personal interests and work schedules.

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