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C&S Wholesale Grocers to supply BI-LO and Winn-Dixie stores

BI-LO Holding, parent company of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, announced a long-term agreement under which Keene, NH-based C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. will provide warehouse, transportation and most procurement services for all 480 Winn-Dixie stores and continue providing services to all 206 BI-LO stores.

“We believe this deal will allow us to leverage the experience and buying power of C&S so that we can continue to reinvest in our company and focus on selling great products at a good value to our customers,” Randall Onstead, president and chief executive officer of BI-LO Holding, said in a press release.

By the end of the year, Winn-Dixie’s six distribution centers – located in Baldwin, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando, FL, Montgomery, AL, and Hammond, LA – and the functions that support them, will be transitioned. C&S intends to operate the facilities as they are today, with minimal change to existing associates or their wages and benefits, according to the release. As each distribution center is transitioned over to C&S, associates of the distribution centers will become employees of C&S.

“We thank our Winn-Dixie distribution center associates for their contributions over the years,” Mr. Onstead said in the release. “While we are saying goodbye to them as part of the Winn-Dixie family, we are very pleased that this transition provides them with continued employment. In addition, they will provide C&S with the knowledge and experience needed for a smooth transition."

“C&S is very excited about extending its eight-year relationship with BI-LO to include the Winn-Dixie stores and to further extending our presence in the South. We are proud to be a part of the ongoing transformation of the BI-LO Winn-Dixie business and look forward to welcoming the many Winn-Dixie associates to the C&S family,” Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and CEO, said in the release.

C&S has provided procurement, warehouse and transportation services for BI-LO LLC since 2005. The new agreement covers both the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie banners across the companywide network of nearly 700 stores.