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Winn-Dixie

Southeast regional supermarket chain.

Headquarters:
5050 Edgewood Court
Jacksonville, FL 32254
Employees: 50,000
CEO: Peter Lynch
Stock Symbol: WINN

Website: http://www.winn-dixie.com

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Winn-Dixie currently operates 515 supermarkets in 22 markets in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi. There are also 400 in-store pharmacies.

The company is one of the nation's largest food retailers.

The company operates distribution centers in:

- Orlando, FL;
- Miami, FL;
- Hammond, LA;
- Jacksonville, FL;
- Montgomery, AL.

and three manufacturing facilities (1 owned and 2 leased).

- Plant City, FL;
- Fitzgerald, GA;
- Hammond, LA.

For fiscal 2009, Winn-Dixie reported sales of $7.4 billion, an increase of $85.5 million. Net income for the year was $39.8 million.

History

1913: In Burley, Idaho, Carl Davis begins working at the Clark Mercantile, the small local general store; his brother William Milton (W.M.) will soon join him at the store. 
1914: W.M. purchases the store and renames it the Davis Mercantile.
1925: Heeding the advice of his brother Carl, W.M. decides to move to the booming Florida area to open a business. With a $10,000 loan from his father, W.M. purchases the Rockmoor Grocery in Miami. W.M. and sons Artemus Darius (A.D.), James Elsworth (J.E.), Austin and Tine are the store's stockholders.
1927: The Davis family changes the store's name to Table Supply and opens four more stores.
1931: W.M. and sons decide to pay $10,000 for retail chain Lively Stores. The acquisition leads to ownership of 33 Table Supply stores stretching across Southern Florida from Miami to Tampa.
1934: After the death of W.M. from pneumonia, the four Davis sons assume responsibilities for Table Supply. Because the family believed W.M.'s death could have been prevented with better medical care, the family begins a relationship with the Mayo Clinic, which continues today.

1939: Bill Lovett, head of Winn & Lovett, successfully convinces the Davis brothers to acquire 51 percent of his company's 73 stores. The acquisition is the springboard from which the company will expand after the conclusion of World War II in the early 1940s.
1944: The Davis brothers adopt the Winn & Lovett name and Jacksonville headquarters for their growing network of stores.
1945: Winn & Lovett purchases 31 Steiden Stores in Kentucky.
1949: Winn & Lovett makes another acquisition, Margaret Ann Stores, which adds 46 stores in Florida.
1952: Winn & Lovett lists on the New York Stock Exchange, making it the first Florida industrial corporation to do so. The company's original ticker symbol, WIN, still is used today.
1955: Winn & Lovett purchases Penney Stores in Mississippi, as well as Ballentine Stores and Eden Stores, both in South Carolina.
1955: Through the acquisition of 117 Dixie Home Stores, the Winn & Lovett name is changed to Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

2005: Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. files for Chapter 11 Reorganization to address financial and operational challenges

Winn Dixie emerged from Chapter 11 in 2006 with $725 million in new financing.

Benefits

- Medical Coverage
- Prescription Drugs
- Vision Care
- Dental and Orthodontia
- Employee Assistance Program
- Health care and Dependent care Spending Accounts
- Paid time off for vacation
- Paid Holidays
- Life Insurance
- Short Term and Long Term Disability
- 401(k) Plan
- Professional and Career Education programs including: Tuition Reimbursement, Career Scholarships and Matching Grants
- Service Awards 

Updated January 5, 2010