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About Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

Winn-Dixie Stores operates several hundred traditional grocery stores, as well as liquor stores, across the southeastern US under the Winn-Dixie and Winn-Dixie Marketplace banners. Its locations offer typical grocery items and in-store services (floral arrangements, money transfers); online shopping and same-day grocery delivery are available in some markets, and most stores include a pharmacy. Winn-Dixie Stores is part of Southeastern Grocers (along with BI-LO, Fresco y Más, and Harveys Supermarket), which filed for and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2018.

Bankruptcy

In March 2018 Winn Dixie parent Southeastern Grocers, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure its debt amid intense competition in the industry from Walmart and other traditional grocers, discount chains such as Aldi, and online giant Amazon. Southeastern Grocers emerged from bankruptcy just a few months later, down about 95 stores and some $600 million in debt.

Geographic Reach

Winn-Dixie Stores has stores in five US states across the southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. It is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Strategy

Since its parent emerged from bankruptcy in mid-2018, Winn-Dixie's strategy has centered around store remodels. The refurbishments have included new signage and decor, as well as expanded fresh food departments, a wider variety of craft beer and wine, and new floral departments, among other enhancements.

Other improvements include a Dollar Shop within the stores featuring hundreds of everyday items for $1. In early 2019, Winn-Dixie opened a taproom in one of its Jacksonville, Florida, stores as part of a remodeling. The taproom features eight brews on tap and a small pub-style seating area with flat-screen televisions. 

Company Background

In 1925 William Davis borrowed $10,000 to open the cash-and-carry Rockmoor Grocery in Lemon City, Florida, near Miami. After a slow start, he had expanded his chain of Table Supply Stores to 34 by the time of his death in 1934. His four sons -- A. D., J. E., M. Austin, and Tine -- took over. In 1939 they purchased control of Winn & Lovett Grocery, which operated 78 stores in Florida and Georgia. The company, incorporated in 1928, was a leader in the 1930s in building new supermarket-type stores. The combined company settled in Jacksonville in 1944 and formally took the name Winn & Lovett.

After WWII the company, still controlled by the Davis family, acquired grocery chains throughout the South, including Steiden (Kentucky), Margaret Ann (Florida), Wylie (Alabama), Penney (Mississippi), King (Georgia), and Eden and Ballentine (South Carolina). The company consolidated with Dixie Home Stores of the Carolinas in 1955 and changed its name to Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

8928 Prominence Pkwy STE 200
Jacksonville, FL 32256-8264
Phone: 1 (904) 783-5000

Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Asset Protection Specialist: John Burgbacher
EVP and CFO: Brian P. Carney
President and CEO: R. Randall Onstead
Employees (This Location): 1,000
Employees (All Locations): 47,000