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Publix heir part of S.F. group

One of the children made rich by Florida's Publix supermarket chain is working to keep the San Francisco Giants from moving to Tampa Bay, according to a report in the San Francisco Examiner.

David F. Jenkins, son of Publix founder George Jenkins, is reported to be a minor investor in the group that made an offer Monday to keep the Giants in San Francisco.

A spokesman for Publix, headquartered in Lakeland, said David F. Jenkins is not an employee of the company.

But David Jenkins and other Jenkins children own a substantial stake in Publix.

Their stock in the company is valued at more than $200-million, according to Securities and Exchange Commission documents.

Publix spokesman Bob McDermott said Jenkins' investment does not reflect Publix's position on baseball.

"We're in favor of baseball coming to Tampa Bay," said McDermott. "It's good for the economy. It's good for the area."

He said he doesn't expect any backlash from Publix customers in Tampa Bay.

Jenkins, who could not be reached for comment, has lived his adult life in California, said McDermott.

He is president of Alias Records in Burbank, Calif. It formerly had studios in San Francisco.

Property records show that Jenkins owns a condominium in San Francisco valued at about $685,000.

Another of the San Francisco investors has a Florida connection. Harmon Burns is executive vice president of San Mateo, Calif.-based Franklin Resources Inc., which operates the Franklin mutual funds.

In July, Franklin announced it would merge with the Templeton mutual funds.

Templeton has a large marketing and shareholder services office in downtown St. Petersburg, employing more than 350 people.

A meeting is scheduled in St. Petersburg Oct. 30 at which Templeton shareholders will vote on the merger with Franklin.

Burns did not return telephone calls.