Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is one of the largest, employee-owned supermarket chains in the United States. With annual sales of more than $23.9 billion, it has a staff of over 140,000 employees. The chain maintains nearly 1,000 supermarkets in South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Publix Super Markets has distribution centers throughout Florida and Georgia. It has received the Diversistar Award for excelling in promoting workplace diversity practices. The chain s supermarkets specialize in a variety of grocery products, such as seafood, dairy, and natural and organic food items. Its supermarkets operate deli, bakery and produce departments. Publix Super Markets supermarkets have pharmacy divisions that provide medical screenings and insurance services. Its supermarkets offer cakes and desserts for weddings, baby showers and anniversaries, as well as sell gift cards of various denominations that can be redeemed at any of its locations. Publix Super Markets publishes the Publix Baby Club, Publix Preschool Pals, Publix FamilyStyle, and Publix GreenWise Market magazines. It operates Publix Pharmacy, which provides prescriptions at more than 700 pharmacies throughout Alabama, Florida and Georgia.