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LAKELAND, Fla. – Yes, the iconic scales at Publix are going away, but the process will be slow and not all at once.

In a Facebook post from August, the Florida-based grocer said that its large, industrial-looking scales will one day be a thing of the past.

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“The manufacturer ceased production in 2015, meaning that one day — although our wonderful repair shop keeps our remaining machines in great shape — the last Publix scale will retire,” the post stated.

The scales, a fixture at Publix for 81 years, were initially placed at the back of stores but later were moved near entrances.

It’s not known when the last scale will be removed from a Publix store.

So how — and why — did the scales ever become a thing at Publix?

“Stepping onto a scale was typically only done during trips to the doctor’s office — or for a small price at your local retail or grocery store. That’s where our founder, George Jenkins, saw an opportunity,” Publix said.

A scale was placed in one of the stores — at no cost to customers — and the grocery chain said it was an instant hit.

So yes, the scales will someday go away, but until then, enjoy guessing your weight when you enter or exit Publix.


Below is the full text of the Publix post on Facebook:

“Ever wonder about the historic-looking scale at your Florida Publix? Eighty-one years ago, weight scales were expensive, bulky, and not a common household appliance. Stepping onto a scale was typically only done during trips to the doctor’s office — or for a small price at your local retail or grocery store. That’s where our founder, George Jenkins, saw an opportunity.

“Mr. George placed a brand-new personal weight scale in the first Publix Super Market for customers to use at no cost. It was an instant hit. Customers started their shopping trips by stepping onto the scale, often guessing their weight for fun.

“The manufacturer ceased production in 2015, meaning that one day — although our wonderful repair shop keeps our remaining machines in great shape — the last Publix scale will retire. So next time you visit the Sunshine State, come on in and step right up! You’ll be standing on a bona fide piece of Florida and Publix history.

“Do you still use our People Weigher scales? Are you a shoes-on or shoes-off scale stepper? Let us know in the comments below!”

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