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State, city leaders welcome combined BI-LO and Winn-Dixie headquarters

Gov. Rick Scott, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, and JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber, welcomed newly combined BI-LO and Winn-Dixie supermarkets to the State of Florida and JAX region.

BI-LO and Winn Dixie announced that Jacksonville will serve as the location for its combined company headquarters, resulting in approximately 900 jobs retained, 100 new high-wage jobs created over time and an approximate $93 million capital investment.

State and local leaders collaborated to ensure the retention and creation of jobs. The company qualified for $1.04 million through Florida’s Quick Response Training program, which supports business expansion efforts. The funds will be used toward training costs for existing and new employees. A state Quick Action Closing Fund incentive of $3.6 million will offset costs associated with relocation expenses and equipment purchases.

On the local level, the City of Jacksonville’s proposal includes a Revenue Enhancement Value (REV) grant not to exceed $2 million during a 10-year period. The REV grant is a fiscal tool used to assist businesses that are expanding or locating in Jacksonville.

Together, Winn-Dixie and BI-LO currently operate 688 grocery stores in eight states, employing 63,000 people. BI-LO has stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Winn-Dixie has stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi.

Jacksonville has been home to the formerly Winn-Dixie headquarters since 1939 after the company, known at the time as Winn & Lovett Grocery Co., relocated its headquarters to Jacksonville. Last year, BI-LO LLC, the grocery store based in Greenville, S.C. agreed to purchase Winn-Dixie.

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