You all know that I have a favorite Publix store I shop at- the Maryland Farms location. Since the new year started, the stores in the Nashville region have received directives to make some adjustments and look into several areas of the stores. One of those areas is coupons.
Maryland Farms is still my absolute favorite store to shop at and they have a superb coupon policy, but as of the beginning of the year, they will no longer take competitor q's for money off the total (like a Rite Aid $5/25) unless it is a traditional grocery store coupon, like HG Hills.
I had a long conversation with the store manager and I told him I would pass along the information to my fellow couponers in Nashville (at least those that read my blog) so ya'll aren't surprised when you go in.
Apparently the stores were told to review their coupon policies due to complaints they received at corporate (not sure who was complaining), that some people (not in our region, elsewhere) were "getting paid" to shop at Publix. I have always said that expecting the store to open the register for you, even if you're doing everything correctly, is in the wrong spirit, and sends a bad message. Now it has caused them to review coupons.
In addition, one shopper used a $30/$75 coupon (CVS? I'm not totally sure) at the MF Publix and that raised some flags.
Passing along the info so noone is caught unaware!