Some changes have been made district-wide and some are ludicrous IMO. I would recommend contacting Publix HERE to complain if you're unhappy with the changes.
First: Competitors are now considered retail outlets within a THREE mile radius. This means each Publix store will have different competitors, but many will no longer consider Food Lion and Whole Foods a competitor since they are few and far between.
IMO: A competitor to Publix is REALLY any store in the Nashville area since most people do not shop at grocery stores that are within three miles of their house. These days, people will drive for a deal, so many stores, no matter how far, five miles? ten miles? will still be a competitor to them.
Second: There is now a limit of the quantity of deals per item that you can buy. Limit: 6 deals. Yes, you read that right. 6 deals per person. This goes for bogo deals and Adv. Buy flyer deals. This is a bit ridiculous IMO. Yes, sure, I may not need 12 bottles of Windex, but to limit my baby food bogo to 12 jars?? 12 jars will feed my son for two days. So now I need to shop every other day just to feed my son for a week? Silly. This also means 6 like-coupon deals per person (like the green advantage buy flyer).
Third: Two coupons per item purchased. One Manufacturer's coupon and one "store" coupon, be it Publix or competitor.
In addition, our favorite store, Maryland Farms, is getting nailed to the wall by the other stores and upper management for the high volume of coupons coming through their store.
This is seriously backwards. Coupons are profit. They are money. Instead of looking at MF and saying, how can we fix this? They should be looking at MF and saying "What are they doing RIGHT?? and how can we duplicate this in other stores". Because those people spending hundreds of dollars in coupons when they shop are spending money, buying products and paying Pubilx' paycheck.
I am pretty irritated, but more so at the fact that Publix can't seem to understand that this store is doing things RIGHT and should be commended, rather than acting as if they are doing things incorrectly.
If you feel as I do, please, please contact corporate and tell them how you feel about these new policies, and how much you love MF store and appreciate the fact that they understand that coupons are money and that they want your business, rather than running your business away, as other stores have been doing.
Email Publix HERE or call them at 800-242-1227