John Frazier to exit Publix

LAKELAND, Fla. Publix Super Markets’ real estate VP John Frazier announced his decision to retire by the end of the year, the grocer reported Monday. Jeff Chamberlain will succeed Frazier as VP real estate.

“During the 19 years that Jeff and I have worked together, we have seen our store count grow from 389 to 1,029,” Frazier said. “I am confident in his abilities to continue our growth and execute our market strategies. Jeff is a natural leader, and I am proud of his accomplishments thus far.”

Chamberlain began his Publix career in 1972 as a front-service clerk in Satellite Beach, Fla. After working in different capacities at several stores in Brevard County, he was promoted to store manager in 1983. In 1991, Chamberlain transferred into the real estate department as manager over North Florida and South Georgia. And, in 1999, he was promoted to director of real estate market strategy.

Chamberlain, a current Leadership Lakeland class member, chair-elect for Lakeland Economic Development Council and Publix representative on the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Board, is a Lakeland resident and is married to his wife, Jill. They have two sons, Brett and Ryan.

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