Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Bi-Lo Grocery chain has agreed to purchase Winn-Dixie for more than a half billion dollars and create one of the largest grocery operators in the South.
Once the deal is completed, Bi-Lo will have roughly 690 stores and 63,000 workers in eight states across the South. BI-Lo currently runs 207 stores in the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee.
By purchasing Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo will now have stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi.
As part of the deal, both companies announced Monday that no store closings are expected and the name Winn-Dixie will remain on the stores due to brand recognition.
Winn-Dixie’s board unanimously approved the deal, which should be finished in the next two to three months.
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