Protesters Rally At Clarksville Publix Grand Opening
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A handful of protesters were on hand at a grand opening for a new Publix store in Clarksville on Wednesday morning.
The ribbon-cutting was held at 6:30 a.m. at the new store on Tiny Town Road.
Protesters are demanding that Publix join the "Fair Food Program," a partnership among farmers, tomato growers, and food retailers that works to improve wages and work conditions of Florida tomato harvesters.
While Publix is not a part of that program, they are employee-owned, and considered one of the best companies to work for.
Supporters of Nashville Fair Food want the buyers at Publix to pay a premium of one penny per pound of tomatoes to be passed directly to workers.
The new store will employ 100 workers. It's the second Publix to open in Clarksville with the first opening earlier this year.