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    Publix Expands Generator Program as Storm Prep

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- Since first announcing it plans to install 400 generators in hurricane-prone areas last year, Publix Super Markets here said yesterday it is adding more than 270 generators to the program in order to cover all Florida stores where reasonable and practical.

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- Since first announcing it plans to install 400 generators in hurricane-prone areas last year, Publix Super Markets here said yesterday it is adding more than 270 generators to the program in order to cover all Florida stores where reasonable and practical.

    "We continue to work with and rely on the local municipalities and county government offices to expedite our efforts in the permitting process," said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations, in a statement. "Our goal is to have all generators installed by the end of 2008."

    Outside of Florida, the generators, supplied by PowerSecure, are being installed at stores in coastal Georgia and South Carolina. The total generator program is expected to cost $175 million.

    To date, Publix has installed 269 generators.

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