Trenholm Plaza Publix Deli Employees

I have waited in the grocery store deli line more times than I care to count. This week’s Thank You Project letter is for my local grocery store heroes: the men and women behind the counter at the Trenholm Plaza Publix. They are meat and cheese slicing ninjas. The line can be ten deep and you never see any sign of angst or pressure on one of their faces. Plus, they have an uncanny knack of knowing just the right moment your three year old needs a slice of something to do.


Dear Trenholm Plaza Publix Manager,

My name is Julie Turner and I have embarked on a yearlong quest called The Thank You Project. Once a week for the next year, I am thanking someone who quietly makes my life or my community better.

Your deli employees don’t know me by name but we’ve spent a lot of time together over the years. My kids eat a lot of salami.

In all the time I’ve spent at the deli counter, I’ve often noticed how busy they are. So many times they face what must seem like an endless line. What never fails is how each of them faces this onslaught with speed, accuracy and a smile on their face.

Every time they work through the line, I watch in admiration. It’s not easy work — it involves math, manners and a sharp, spinning blade.

I’m often impressed by how quickly they help so many people. But what I truly appreciate and admire is the great customer service they provide even during high-traffic times like football game days, Saturday mornings and the weekday afternoon rush.

I hope they know their hard work does not go unnoticed. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I choose to shop at your Publix store.



Julie Turner


The Thank You Project is a yearlong Wordsmith blog project recognizing people who need to be thanked more often for their many contributions to our lives and communities.