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Winn-Dixie Laying Off Store Managers

March 8, 2013

Drew Dixon


Winn-Dixie is laying off store managers and is asking many of them to re-apply for jobs, the company said Friday.

Details are scarce, but the Jacksonville-based grocer acknowledged that some managers have lost their jobs and are being directed to apply anew for different positions within the company.

Public Relations director Rondel Cuyler said the personnel moves are in progress. And even though some managers have lost or will lose their jobs in the short run, they may not be through with the company.

"We are making changes to our store leadership that will include some new positions and some eliminated positions," Cuyler said in an email statement. "Associates in eliminated positions are encouraged to apply for other open positions. At the end of the day, we likely will have more new, open leadership positions than we have current store leaders."

The statement did not include how many employees are being impacted or what locations are being affected.

The move comes about a year after Winn-Dixie was sold to to Bi-Lo Holdings of South Carolina. After the $560 million deal, Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch resigned and Bi-Lo said it is relocating corporate headquarters from Greenville, S.C., to Jacksonville and as many as 100 new jobs could come to the Jacksonville corporate offices.

Source: (c)2013 The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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