Publix Cut Annual Floor Maintenance Costs

Publix Super Markets is one of the largest supermarket chains in the U.S. Their attention to detail, including each store’s decorum, ensures customers enjoy their shopping experiences.

In many of their stores, facility managers noticed acids, frequent wash downs and cold temperatures taking a toll on the deli floors. The flooring looked worn out, discolored and dirty. The Produce department floors were also suffering. Surfaces constantly wet from misting, coupled with acid absorption from fruits and vegetables, stained the vinyl tiles and terrazzo floors. Traffic patterns became apparent along with color fading from light exposure through store windows.

Publix decided to update these stores, and launched a nation-wide, fast-track development schedule with a goal of adding 25-50 new stores per year. The criteria for these new stores are the same as for the existing stores: easy to clean, attractive floors that can be installed quickly without impacting customer service and revenue.

In customizing a solution for Publix, Dur-A-Flex focused on Cryl-A-Chip SL, a MMA-based polymer floor. Valued for its one-hour cure time, Cryl-A-Chip SL meets the demands for a quick-install and reduces each new store’s construction schedule by up to three weeks. This allows Publix to open their stores sooner and boosts their revenue potential. Since Cryl-A-Chip SL can be installed in 35° F to 90° F temperatures, it’s a good option for existing stores and for unheated buildings that are mid-construction. The variety of colored decorative chips gives Publix the freedom to create various color schemes and add a slip-resistant finish.

Included in the new flooring plan is each store’s retail space, restrooms, Bakery, Seafood and Deli departments and shopping cart area, where wet conditions are also encountered.

For the existing stores, installation is done at night, eliminating the need to close during the day. Racks, cases and inventory are replaced an hour after the floor cures. New stores also reap the benefits of a quick cure time - install takes just four days - so development continues ahead of schedule allowing stores to open sooner.

Since 2001, Cryl-A-Chip SL has been installed in more than 200 Publix Super Markets.

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