17 Facts About Winn-Dixie


Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc, is an American supermarket chain headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Winn-Dixie operates more than 515 stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi.

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Winn-Dixie has had its present name since 1955 and can trace its roots back to 1925.

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Winn-Dixie is known for its private label Chek brand soft drinks, which are produced in over 20 different flavors plus diet and caffeine-free varieties—one of the widest assortments.

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Winn-Dixie has been known as "The Beef People" throughout its lifetime.

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Winn-Dixie was traded under the symbol "WINN" on the NASDAQ before its purchase.

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Winn-Dixie was founded and built up by William Milton Davis and his sons Artemus Darius Davis, James Elsworth Davis, Milton Austin Davis and Tine Wayne Davis.

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In 1956, Winn-Dixie bought Ketner-Milner Stores in North Carolina, H G Hill Stores in Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as King Stores in Georgia.

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In 1967, Winn-Dixie bought the City Markets chain in the Bahamas, effectively extending their reach into the Caribbean.

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In 1976, Winn-Dixie purchased the Buddies Supermarket chain, based in Fort Worth, Texas, expanding the Winn-Dixie moniker into Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

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In 1995, Winn-Dixie expanded with the purchase of the Cincinnati-based Thriftway Food Drug.

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However, when Winn-Dixie encountered financial difficulties and could not sustain its promised contribution, it released Central Florida Council from its obligation to retain the name, which has since been changed.

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Winn-Dixie has long been involved in Jacksonville, including a former sponsorship as the official supermarket of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League .

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Winn-Dixie Stores closed all 76 stores it operated in Texas and Oklahoma at the end of its 2002 fiscal year ending on June 26.

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Once the restructuring was completed, Winn-Dixie's footprint was reduced to the Bahamas and five of the Deep South states—almost all of Florida and Alabama, the southeastern half of Louisiana, the southeast corner of Mississippi, and the southwest and coastal corners of Georgia.

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Winn-Dixie has run over 60 private label brands over the years.

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In 2010, Winn-Dixie replaced its value-centered brand Thrifty Maid with "ValueTime".

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