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Bi-Lo buys Winn-Dixie stores for $560M

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Bi-Lo is a Greenville-based supermarket chain. (File/FOX Carolina) Bi-Lo is a Greenville-based supermarket chain. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (AP) -

The supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is being sold for $560 million to Bi-Lo LLC. 

The combined company will have about 690 stores and 63,000 workers in eight states in the southern U.S. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. will become a privately held subsidiary and its ticker will be
removed from the Nasdaq. 

Each Winn-Dixie stockholder gets $9.50 per share in cash, a 75 percent premium to the Jacksonville, FL. company's Friday closing stock price. 

Bi-Lo, based in Greenville, SC, runs 207 supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Winn-Dixie runs about 480 grocery stores, including approximately 380 in-store pharmacies, in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. It has about 46,000 employees.

The companies said Monday that no store closings are expected and the name Winn-Dixie will remain.

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