Southeastern Grocers launches private label-Fisherman’s Wharf canned albacore tuna to mark its IPNLF membership

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Southeastern Grocers LLC, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has become the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to supporting small-scale fisheries that pursue high quality, responsible and ethical tuna caught using one-by-one methods.

To coincide with this announcement, Southeastern Grocers has launched an exclusive private label-Fisherman’s Wharf, pole-and-line, canned albacore tuna product displaying the IPNLF ‘Supporting Member’ logo to demonstrate its commitment to the most environmentally and socially desirable methods. The Fisherman’s Wharf Albacore Tuna is on the shelves of select BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores for $2.49 a can.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “At Southeastern Grocers, we know how important it is to support sustainable fisheries and we are very pleased to be the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation.

Southeastern Grocers has become the 42nd Member of IPNLF. The company’s membership is a further step in its on-going support for environmentally and socially responsible tuna fisheries and for improved tuna management worldwide.

In partnership with members, IPNLF provides much-needed support for fishing communities who are heavily reliant upon those fisheries, and works on practical fisheries improvements and stronger management to meet the growing global demand.

Commenting on Southeastern Grocers’ membership, Adam Baske, Director Policy & Outreach at IPNLF, said, “It is fantastic to have our first retail Member in the US market on board with our mission to see coastal tuna fishing communities thrive alongside healthy ocean ecosystems.  We look forward to working with Southeastern Grocers to further demonstrate the value of sourcing from one-by-one tuna fisheries, and encourage other retailers in North America to join this collaborative effort.”

Baske continues, “IPNLF is a hub for proactive companies like Southeastern Grocers who want to reward fishing communities committed to the highest environmental and social standards. The global demand for these products continues to grow as a result of companies using their buying power to create the future they want to see.”

Membership of IPNLF is open to all stakeholders involved in the one-by-one tuna supply chain, from fisheries associations to processors, food service and retailers, and all Members are encouraged to engage in fisheries improvement.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth largest conventional supermarket in the U.S. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

About IPNLF
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line handline and troll tuna fisheries around the world. IPNLF’s ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with them.  As a hub for sustainably-minded organisations, we use the influence of the market to forge change through practical fishery projects and stakeholder cooperation. IPNLF membership is open to organisations involved in the one-by-one caught tuna supply chain. Allied with our Members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain. We work across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees. IPNLF was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity 1145586), with branch offices in London and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia, South Arica, France, and the United States.

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SOURCE: Southeastern Grocers

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Southeastern Grocers held one of the largest single-day grocery grand openings with 73 Harveys Supermarkets

  • Southeastern Grocers is unveiling 73 new Harveys Supermarket stores in one of the largest single-day grocery grand openings across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.
  • The new Harveys Supermarket is committed to Great Value and Great Prices – that’s a promise – and our customers will discover over 3,000 items lower in price across the store.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 16, 2016), Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, unveiled its new Harveys Supermarket store concept in 73 locations throughout the Southeast during a simultaneous ribbon-cutting ceremony at each location, spanning Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

By listening to customers throughout their communities, the company has tailored each new Harveys Supermarket store to the needs of the communities it serves, with a focus on great value, stunning quality food and serving with personality.

Each new Harveys Supermarket is focused on delivering many ways to save with “Great Low Price” items and “Low and Staying Low” deals, which together offer more than 3,000 items at reduced prices throughout the store.

Some items include:

• Breyer’s Ice Cream – 48 oz. – Was $5.99 Now $4.50 (25% savings)
• Crisco Vegetable Oil – 48 oz. – was $4.19 – now $3.19 (over 20% savings)
• Nestle Pure Life 24 CT – was $4.99 – now $3.99 (20% savings)
• White Lily Self-Rising Flour – was $3.49 now $2.99 (15% savings)

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “For more than 90 years, Harveys Supermarket has been the local grocer that customers can count on for all their grocery needs. The Harveys banner expansion exemplifies our commitment to our nearcentury heritage and unwavering customer promise of providing great value, great prices and great service.”

“Customers shopping at our new Harveys Supermarket will now find thousands of great low prices and significant savings that make a meaningful difference for families on a budget,” said Ian McLeod.

The new and improved Harveys Supermarket locations offer enhancements throughout the store, including:

• Harveys newest design concept features a new façade, with fresh, contemporary interior signage.
• More than 800 products are now priced, “Low and Staying Low,” and are easily found in store with a distinctive bright yellow thumbs-up sign – price guaranteed for at least 6 months.
• Over 2,200 items across the store are reduced in price – easily identified by the, “Great Low Price” tags – great low prices, whether on-sale or off-sale.
• New $1 Zone within the store, with savings on more than 600 popular items for only $1, including beverages, canned goods, cleaners, meals, greeting cards, baby and health items.
• An expanded meat department with new smoked meats and value meat selections – Big Pack, Big Value!
• “Pick 5” with more than 75 items to choose from, including fresh and frozen meats, for only $19.95; a 25% average discount!
• Refreshed produce department featuring stunningly-fresh quality produce from over 90 local farmers.
• Expanded health and beauty care section with more than 250 new products to save customers a trip to the salon or barbershop.

Harveys Supermarket has more than 90 years of heritage in the Southeast. Due to the overwhelming positive response to recent openings in Charlotte, NC and Jacksonville, FL, Southeastern Grocers is providing the same commitment to great value for 73 more communities in which it operates, kicking-off with one of the largest single-day grocery grand openings in the Southeast, including 11 BI-LO, 55 Harveys and 7 Winn-Dixie stores.

New Rewards Card Launched

And yet another way to save at the new Harveys, customers throughout all Harveys locations will be able to upgrade to a Harveys Rewards + Plenti® card and earn points across multiple brands.

The average Harveys household will have the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars annually with the upgraded Harveys Rewards + Plenti® program, including earning free gas and groceries whenever they purchase gas and groceries. For more information, customers can visit http://www.harveyssupermarkets.com/plenti.

The first new Harveys Supermarket store concept was launched in Jacksonville, FL in May 2016, followed by the Charlotte, NC store in July 2016. Harveys Supermarket now includes 73 locations.

Customers can visit www.harveyssupermarkets.com for individual store locations and hours of operation.

About Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews, or images contact:

Joe Caldwell
Manager, Corporate Communications
(904) 318-7197 cell
media@segrocers.com

Source: Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers launch their Veterans Day Wall of Honor community donation program

  • Southeastern Grocers, together with the Southeastern Grocers Foundation, launches community donation program from Nov. 2-15 throughout BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores.
  • Southeastern Grocers continues partnership with Hope For The Warriors, a nationwide organization dedicated to serving veterans.
  • Southeastern Grocers operates approximately 750 grocery stores in communities with some of the highest military veteran populations in the Southeast.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading up to Veterans Day, Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, today (Nov. 2, 2016) announced the launch of their Veterans Day Wall of Honor community donation program in all stores, together with the Southeastern Grocers Foundation. Now through November 15, customers and associates can show their support for veterans of the armed forces by making a donation at checkout to benefit Hope For The Warriors, an organization that provides service members, veterans and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.

When customers make a donation at any BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys or Winn-Dixie store, they will be provided a Dedication Card with the opportunity to write a special message to their own military hero. These personal dedications will build a Wall of Honor at each store as a visual tribute to those who served, continue to serve and have sacrificed for the nation.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “This Veterans Day, we continue to show our military and their families the appreciation we have for the sacrifices they have made for the nation. Together with our associates and customers, we honor those that have served by raising funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors and share our admiration for our service men and women with thousands of inspirational dedication cards throughout our stores.

The Southeast has some of the highest military veterans populations in our country, so we join our associates, customers and communities in saying “thank you,” to those service members who have fought for the nation’s freedom.”

“Hope For The Warriors is extremely grateful to Southeastern Grocers and its customers for their support this Veteran’s Day, honoring the service of our veterans,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Through this campaign, they are helping us reach thousands of patriotic Americans who truly understand the sacrifices of our veterans, service members, military families and families of the fallen. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, the continued support of Southeastern Grocers, its partners, vendors and customers has made a momentous impact allowing us to serve thousands in need through our nationwide programs.”

Customers can show their support on social media if they like, follow and share BI-LO, Fresco y Mas, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Hope For The Warriors Facebook posts and Twitter feeds with #AllforHonor; or honor a veteran by posting a dedication on www.facebook.com/allforhonor.

About Hope For The Warriors

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 151 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

About Southeastern Grocers Foundation

The Southeastern Grocers Foundation is the charitable arm of Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Mas, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie supermarkets. The Southeastern Grocers Foundation aligns our giving with three charity pillars, providing support to the causes that are important to the communities we serve. We support our nation’s service men, women and their families; fight hunger in our communities; and provide relief to those affected by a natural disaster.

About Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco Y Mas, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco Y Mas, Harveys and WinnDixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews, or images contact:

Kaley Shaffer
Manager
Consumer Communications
904-612-9441 (cell)
media@segrocers.com

Source: Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers raises $565,393.04 for American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief to assist Louisiana flood victims

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through generous customer donations at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, Southeastern Grocers announced today that it will donate $565,393.04 in support of the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief to assist Louisiana residents impacted by recent flooding.

This contribution includes the dollar for dollar match Southeastern Grocers donated through the Southeastern Grocers Foundation.

The flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to impact the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. All funds raised go directly to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and will be used to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to thousands of people in Louisiana after the unprecedented flooding inundated neighborhoods.

Ian McLeod, CEO and president of Southeastern Grocers, said, “We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our customers, associates and communities throughout our footprint for supporting families in Louisiana during these challenging times. The donation amount is a true testament of the generosity of our customers, and we are delighted to present the American Red Cross with over $565,000 for disaster relief.”

Josh Joachim, Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross of Louisiana said, “Southeastern Grocers played an integral role by activating its customer donation program within 24 hours. Through the generous support of partners like Southeastern Grocers, the American Red Cross is able to meet the emergency needs of the community today and in the future.”

The donated funds were raised through contributions made in BI-LO, Harveys, and WinnDixie stores during checkout from August 17 – August 23, as well as on each organization’s dedicated website. Additionally, Southeastern Grocers matched every penny donated to this great cause.

All of the funds raised will help the American Red Cross provide the following for the Louisiana flood victims:
• Safe, dry shelter until families return home
• Water and hot meals
• Safe play for kids staying in shelters
• Help for people with disabilities
• First aid
• Comfort and emotional support
• Damage assessment in impacted neighborhoods
• Help with preparation of recovery plans

Southeastern Grocers has a longstanding partnership with the American Red Cross, a national nonprofit dedicated to preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Throughout the 50-year partnership, American Red Cross and Southeastern Grocers have raised nearly 10 million dollars through community donation programs, foundation and corporate support.

Southeastern Grocers had several stores that sustained flooding damage. Two stores remain closed:
• Winn-Dixie Store 1591 – 28145 Walker South Road, Walker, LA 70785
• Winn-Dixie Store 1467 – 13555 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 79816

The company and its associates are working hard to reopen the stores quickly and safely. Knowing that the community still requires important services such as a pharmacy, WinnDixie transported, constructed and stocked a fully functioning mobile pharmacy for its Walker, La., store in just days after the flood hit the community. The pharmacy remains open seven days a week, operating the following hours:

Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat – Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The mobile pharmacy continues to serve customers in need and has filled hundreds of prescriptions since it opened on August 19.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews or images, contact:
Joe Caldwell
Manager of Corporate Communications
cell: (904) 318-7197
media@segrocers.com

Source: Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers to work with American Red Cross to support Louisiana flood victims

JACKSONVILLE, Fl, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As communities across Louisiana and Mississippi struggle through historic flooding, Southeastern Grocers would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to those fighting during this flood, working in recovery and to those who have lost loved ones.

Southeastern Grocers’ 4,400 Winn-Dixie associates in Louisiana are working hard to keep as many stores in the region open as possible to serve customers. Beginning Wednesday, August 17th, and lasting through August 23rd, all Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys customers will be able to contribute to the flood relief efforts in stores throughout the entire footprint in the Southeast. With every dollar donated by customers, Southeastern Grocers will match this through the Southeastern Grocers Foundation.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “Winn-Dixie has been a part of the Louisiana community for 60 years. During that time, the strength and resilience of the community has been tried time and time again, and we are proud to have the people of Louisiana as our customers, our associates, and our neighbors, as their bravery and perseverance has been an inspiration as we begin our recovery efforts.”

“We are encouraging all our customers across the Southeast to rise up and support the great states and communities of Louisiana and Mississippi. We will continue to work tirelessly on the ground and with the American Red Cross to direct all available resources to help the people affected by the flooding.”

Anna Trefethen, Vice-President for the Southeast and Caribbean Division of the American Red Cross said, “Southeastern Grocers plays an integral role in helping communities when disaster strikes across the Southeast. We are extremely grateful for the support of their stores, employees and customers here in Louisiana and across the Southeast. Our response to this disaster is only made possible when partners like Southeastern Grocers step forward and respond.”

Winn-Dixie operates 47 stores in the state of Louisiana. As of Tuesday, August 16th, all stores are open for business, with the exception of three that took significant impact from the flooding. Every effort is being made to quickly and safely re-open the following stores: • Winn-Dixie Store 1490 – 2004 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526 • Winn-Dixie Store 1591 – 28145 Walker South Road, Walker, LA 70785 • Winn-Dixie Store 1467 – 13555 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 79816

Updates on stores can be found via social media and the Winn-Dixie Facebook and Twitter pages.

Customers may also go online to donate at the follow web addresses:
http://www.redcross.org/harveys-pub
http://www.redcross.org/winndixie-pub
http://www.redcross.org/bilo-pub

All customer contributions go directly to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and are used to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims of the flooding.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

Contact:

Joe Caldwell Manager
Corporate Communications
904-318-7197
media@segrocers.com

Source: Southeastern Grocer

Southeastern Grocers announces donation of all profits generated at its grocery stores on July 4 to Hope For The Warriors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie, announced that for the second consecutive year, all profits generated at its grocery stores on Monday, July 4, will be donated in support of veterans and service members.

This year, Southeastern Grocers has partnered with Hope For The Warriors. Hope for the Warriors is celebrating 10 years of service, and is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “This Independence Day, we continue to honor and give thanks to our military and their families for the sacrifices they make for our nation and the world. We fully recognize the selfless contributions of those who have, and continue to serve. This Fourth of July, we are once again donating every cent of every dollar of profit generated as just one way we can show our support.”

“Southeastern Grocers operates in states with some of the highest active-duty military populations in the United States. We are committed to the communities we serve and we believe we all have a responsibility to contribute to the lives of those who have sacrificed for the nation,” continued McLeod.

Simply by shopping at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie on Independence Day, customers will help support those who serve and sacrifice for our nation. The more customers shop, the more they donate.*

Other ways in which customers can support the cause include:

• By honoring a veteran or service member with a personal note displayed in-store on the Wall of Honor, which began on June 22.
• By donating generously during checkout now through Sunday, July 10.
• By proudly wearing the “I Donated” sticker that cashiers will hand out on July 4 to all customers to encourage friends and family to do the same.
• By liking, following and sharing BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie Facebook posts and Twitter feeds with #AllForHonor.
• By honoring a veteran or service member by posting a dedication on the All for Honor Facebook page, www.facebook.com/allforhonor.

Robin Kelleher, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors said, “Hope For The Warriors is humbled and very thankful to Southeastern Grocers for this incredible opportunity and support. Through this unique promotion, they are helping us reach thousands of patriotic Americans who truly understand the sacrifices of our veterans, service members and military families.”

Through the generous donations of customers and vendors, as well as all profits earned at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores on July 4, 2015, Southeastern Grocers’ inaugural Independence Day campaign raised more than $3 million for veterans and generated thousands of personal tributes to veterans and service members.

This year, Southeastern Grocers is proud to partner with Hope For The Warriors to generate funds, which will help the organization provide comprehensive support programs to those actively serving in the military, veterans, military families and caregivers throughout the country.

About Hope For The Warriors
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 151 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010.

For more information, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/, Facebook or Twitter.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are wellknown and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews or images, contact:
Joe Caldwell
Manager of Corporate Communications
(904) 318-7197 cell
media@segrocers.com

 

Source:Southeastern Grocers

GED Testing Service partnered with Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers to create GEDWorks(tm)

Louisville, KY, 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — GED Testing Service has partnered with some of the nation’s largest employers and most recognizable brands – including Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers – to create GEDWorksTM, a comprehensive program free for employees who want to earn their GED credential.

The GEDWorks program includes everything an employee needs to successfully prepare for and pass the GED test. Students are provided access to a GED advisor, online GED study material, connections to local adult education programs, practice tests, and more. GED advisors are a key element of GEDWorks and help guide, engage, and motivate students. GEDWorks also helps keep graduates moving forward after completing the tests by connecting them with college and career pathways tools on GED.com.

GEDWorks is one indicator that national employers understand the value of the new GED program, which is focused on better preparing learners to compete in today’s job market and to successfully enter post-secondary education programs essential to most 21st century jobs. This effort also marks the first time national employers have banded together to support a program aimed solely at decreasing the number of adults without a high school diploma, an important step in improving the country’s economic competitiveness.

“Employers have invested in this national program with GED Testing Service to boost the education levels of their employees because they recognize the benefits of the enhanced GED program and the importance of education in the lives of their employees. The program offers a cost-effective way for employers to help adult learners achieve their goals and invest in their futures. Students earning a GED credential enhance their career prospects and earning potential,” said Randy Trask, President of GED Testing Service.

The support that employers show their participating employees is another key element of the GEDWorks program.

“Taco Bell believes in helping our Team Members get more out of life – starting with an education,” said Frank Tucker, Global Chief People Officer at Taco Bell. “GEDWorks is great because it gives our employees everything they need to prepare for and pass the GED test on their own flexible terms. Not only are we developing our Team Members and creating an engaged workforce, but we’re also inspiring these valued Team Members to champion their potential, education and future.”

“Walmart believes that education is key to an associate’s personal and professional development,” said Michelle Knight, Vice President of Talent Development for Walmart U.S. “The opportunity to earn a market-valued credential helps our people gain skills to advance their career. Achieving success with the GEDWorks program is a gateway to opportunity.”

The program is completely free for learners. It is fully funded by employers or, in the case of KFC, by the associated charity, Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation. The only investment needed by students is time and energy to prepare for the test.

“Restaurant operators love that the GEDWorks and other Foundation programs help them recruit and retain high quality employees who are interested in working hard to improve themselves. The KFC Foundation is proud to be able to support them, and continue Colonel Sanders’ legacy of helping people be their best selves through education,” said Krista Snider, Managing Director of the KFC Foundation.

“Now that I have my GED, it takes away that little bit of shame and embarrassment [of not having graduated from high school],” said Courtney, an employee of Winn-Dixie/Southeastern Grocers in Alabama and one of the first graduates of the GEDWorks program. “My GED advisor was very encouraging and friendly throughout the process – she addressed all of the concerns I had along the way. I think others should go for it as well!”

For more information visit the GEDWorks Media Kit web page, which includes: GEDWorks Press Release in English and Spanish, GEDWorks Infographic, Soundcloud Audio Clip, First GEDWorks Graduate Video, GEDWorks Student Profiles/Stories, Link to the GEDWorks Website.

SOURCE: Yum! Brands RSC

K-VA-T to acquire 29 BI-LO stores located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia from Southeastern Grocers

ABINGDON, Va. And JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. and Southeastern Grocers, LLC today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which K-VA-T will acquire 29 BI-LO stores located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia from Southeastern Grocers. K-VA-T intends to continue to operate all of these stores under the Food City banner and hire the vast majority of their store associates, retaining their years of service.

“We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to expand our operation into the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia markets. We certainly look forward to welcoming the BI-LO associates to our Food City family and serving the region,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “Our consumers can rest assured that we plan to complete the conversion process as quickly as possible, with the least interruption to the normal flow of business. It’s our intention to enhance the overall variety and selection and further develop the services and conveniences provided to our shoppers.”

“We are pleased to enter into this transaction with K-VA-T, which we believe is the right decision not only for Southeastern Grocers, but also for our stores and associates in Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia,” said Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “This was not an easy decision for us, as we have the utmost respect for our associates who serve our customers in these stores so well. In the approach by K-VA-T, we believe we have identified a strong partner to ensure these 29 stores and our associates are positioned for continued success under another reputable regional brand. On behalf of the management team, I want to thank all of our hardworking BI-LO associates for their dedication and support over many years.”

The 29 transferring stores are as follows:

Store No. Street City State Zip
5415 417 Blue Ridge St Ste D BLAIRSVILLE GA 30512
5430 502 G.I. Maddox Parkway CHATSWORTH GA 30705
5639 1287 Cleveland Hwy. DALTON GA 30720
5349 531 Battlefield Pkwy. FORT OGLETHORPE GA 30742
5352 311 North Main St. LAFAYETTE GA 30728
5406 319 Chickamauga Avenue ROSSVILLE GA 30741
5617 820 Mission Ridge Rd. ROSSVILLE GA 30741
5333 112 Crimson Drive TRENTON GA 30752
5301 7804 E. Brainerd Rd. CHATTANOOGA TN 37421
5305 1600 E. 23rd St. CHATTANOOGA TN 37403
5315 703 Signal Mountain Road CHATTANOOGA TN 37405
5326 3600 Hixson Pike CHATTANOOGA TN 37415
5335 6951 Lee Highway CHATTANOOGA TN 37421
5359 4011 Brainerd Rd. CHATTANOOGA TN 37411
5606 4510 Highway 58 CHATTANOOGA TN 37416
5714 3801 Tennessee Ave. CHATTANOOGA TN 37409
5343 2310 McGrady Drive CLEVELAND TN 37323
5412 255 Ocoee Crossing NW CLEVELAND TN 37312
5324 420 Market Street DAYTON TN 37321
5510 3715 Ringgold Rd. EAST RIDGE TN 37412
5614 6723 Ringgold Rd. EAST RIDGE TN 37412
5347 841 U.S. 411 North ETOWAH TN 37331
5715 8634 Highway 58 HARRISON TN 37341
5703 5604 Hixson Pike HIXSON TN 37343
5713 8530 Hixson Pike HIXSON TN 37343
5373 9213 Lee Highway OOLTEWAH TN 37363
5673 1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road OOLTEWAH TN 37363
5427 3901 Dayton Blvd RED BANK TN 37415
5538 10161 Old Dayton Pike SODDY DAISY TN 37379

 

Southeastern Grocers and K-VA-T anticipate that the transfer and handoff dates of the 29 BI-LO stores will begin August 30, 2015, with all stores fully transitioned by October 5, 2015, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

About K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. 

K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. is the corporate banner of a supermarket chain operating in three states under the Food City banner.  This privately held, family-owned company has grown over the years by expansion and acquisition.  With 15 units in Southeastern Kentucky, 27 units in Southwest Virginia and 62 units in East Tennessee, K-VA-T is an acronym of its trade area:  Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. The 104-store chain includes 93 Food City locations (with 79 pharmacies and 84 fuel/convenience stores), ten Super Dollar Discount Foods limited assortment stores and one wine & spirits store.  They also operate their own 1.2 million square-foot distribution center, located in Abingdon, VA.  For more information about K-VA-T Food Stores, please visit www.foodcity.com.

About Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest conventional supermarket in the southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 72,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 790 grocery stores, 143 liquor stores and 527 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

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Contacts:

Food City
Tammy Baumgardner
276-623-5100, ext. 5734
baumgardnert@foodcity.com

Southeastern Grocers
Brian Wright
904-370-6104
BrianWright@segrocers.com