The imported cheese section at Publix is a very small and coveted area of the supermarket that if navigated well can be very fruitful. However, if uncharted can be very dangerous and frustrating. So here, a few rules of engagement.
- Have a plan. Know what you are getting, if you need bleu cheese, go and get it, do not get distracted, do not get off course. Stick. To. The. Plan.
- Do not browse. Your browsing should be limited to the cheese in which you are intent on purchasing.
- Understand the lay of the land. Publix employees do not really understand that sometimes you have to put all the gruyere next to each other, so if there is a specific brand you are looking for, it could be elsewhere in the case. Be prepared for such catastrophes.
- Do not ask the Apron’s team member for assistance. She is useless.
- Respect that Publix does not have that great of a selection. And you may have to find another store.
- When in doubt, ask a manager. But if you’re at the Main Road location, DO NOT ask the deli manager, he is useless.
I’ll tell you a story. I was looking for some fresh mozzarella because Earth Fare had failed me miserably, and I went to my Publix location, and I waited a full rotation (rotation: 1 minute at the cheese cooler where someone is browsing and does not vacate so that the next person in line has access to the full cooler) and this woman had not moved, she was looking at bleu cheese. So I sighed. She left, THEN SHE CAME BACK!
Anyway, It was my turn and it was just like magazine time all over again. It was awful.