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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Floridians can breathe a sigh of relief while enjoying their free slice of deli meat at the Publix counter. The report earlier this week that claimed the popular supermarket was nixing its longtime deli tradition, doesn’t affect South Florida, it only affects its Lakeland division.

There are more than 200 stores in the Lakeland division, which is east of Tampa, but customers there aren’t going away empty handed.

“We are piloting a program where we offer the customer a free sample of the cheese of the week,” explained Maria Brous, Director of Miami and Community Relations for Publix. “Customers can still receive a free slice of deli if they ask.”

Brous said “South Florida should see no changes. The first slice of whatever the customer is ordering in the deli will still be given.”

As always, Brous added, “Customers can always ask for a sample of any item we have. That’s our policy.”


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