Bi-Lo Takes Over Winn-Dixie

Shareholders of Winn-Dixie Stores overwhelmingly approved the company’s acquisition by Mauldin, S.C.-based Bi-Lo Holding, which will migrate its headquarters over time, the companies said last week. 

Michael Byars will remain as president of Bi-Lo and work from that chain’s South Carolina headquarters as the chain maintains a “very strong regional presence” for distribution and local store support, a spokeswoman for Bi-Lo told SN last week. She said it would be several months “or maybe a year” before the integration of the two chains is completed. The company's headquarters will be in Jacksonville, Fla., which is “centrally located within its eight-state operating area,” Bi-Lo said in a statement last week. 

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