Julie Jenkins Fancelli is the daughter of Publix founder George W. Jenkins and the “heiress” has made headlines recently for her $300,000 contribution to a rally held by former President Donald Trump that preceded the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
The Lakeland-based grocery store chain is distancing themselves from Fancelli saying: “Mrs. Fancelli is not an employee of Publix Super Markets, and is neither involved in our business operations, nor does she represent the company in any way. We cannot comment on Mrs. Fancelli’s actions. The violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a national tragedy. The deplorable actions that occurred that day do not represent the values, work or opinions of Publix Super Markets.”
Despite the attempt to distance, a call for a boycott of the popular grocery store is permeating Twitter as we speak:
It was my favorite grocery store and the best job I’ve ever had. Even got employee of the month once. But it’s time to #BOYCOTTPUBLIX
I’ve been a customer since 1973, but I have no choice but to #BOYCOTTPUBLIX
publix!? not you too this feels like i just found out that my parents arent my real parents and that i was kidnapped in the hospital #BOYCOTTPUBLIX
However, at least one person had a different take:
nooo don’t #BOYCOTTPUBLIX their fried chicken is so good