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BI-LO and Winn-Dixie Merge: Letter from Mike Byars

Posted March 16, 2012

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We have exciting news to share with you! On March 12, BI-LO announced the completion of its merger with Winn-Dixie, another leading Southern grocery chain headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. We are thrilled to be the 9th largest supermarket chain in the country, and the great news is that you can expect very little to change at your neighborhood BI-LO supermarket.
Because our territories have no overlap, there are no planned store closings as a result of this merger. In fact, combining the companies will make BI-LO and Winn-Dixie stronger and more competitive in their respective markets.

We’ve worked hard the past several years to reinforce that BI-LO is the place to come for “Savings Without Sacrifice.” Our commitment to you is real savings and real freshness, from our famous Walter’s outstanding Produce to our popular fuelperks!™ Rewards program that saves you money on gas just for shopping at BI-LO. That commitment will not only continue, and you can expect the great service you have come to expect will now be even greater with the resources of our combined companies supporting us.

We also announced that the headquarters for the combined company will be located in Jacksonville. After a thorough review process, we determined that this is a practical move based on Jacksonville’s central location within our combined territory, and the established infrastructure Winn-Dixie has in place that can support strong growth while very effectively serving the needs of both brands. Rest assured that BI-LO will continue to have a strong and meaningful presence in our hometown of Mauldin, South Carolina. This announcement will not change BI-LO's commitment to making a positive impact on lives across our footprint. We're proud of our contributions and remain committed to the people and communities we serve.

This is an exciting time for BI-LO, for our thousands of hard-working teammates and for you, our loyal customers. We thank you for your business, and we remain committed to earning your trust each and every day.

Michael D. Byars



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