(May 24) Publix Super Markets Inc. hopes its customers will come appropriately attired for its new venture — Apron’s Make-Ahead Meals.

The Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer plans to open two of its new concept meal-assembly stores this fall, said Dwaine Stevens, media and community relations manager.

At a Make-Ahead Meals store — one of which will be co-located at Publix store in Jacksonville, Fla., while another stand-alone unit is planned in Lithia, Fla. — customers can register to participate in a meal assembly session from a selection of recipes.

The Make-Ahead Meals stores can be compared to other meal-assembly stores such as Snohomish, Wash.-based Dream Dinners or Poway, Calif.-based Ingredientz, but there is one key difference, Stevens said.

“These are going to have the fresh products that Publix is known for and are going to be purchased at Publix locations,” he said. “There is a great point of difference because of our band name and our quality.”

Participants aren’t doing the actual shopping, Stevens said, and they have the option of just ordering and picking up a ready-made meal at the store. Each meal is designed to feed four people. Pricing has not yet been determined.

The Apron’s brand isn’t new to Publix, Stevens said. Its kitchen demonstration kiosks and cooking schools have been around for several years. The cooking school has more than 500 recipes on file and its Web site features numerous cooking demonstration videos.