JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- BI-LO and Winn-Dixie announced Monday that the combined companies will use Jacksonville as their headquarters.
Both BI-LO and Winn-Dixie will house their company headquarters here, bringing 100 new high-wage jobs and retaining 900 jobs, according to a release from the JAX Chamber.
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown were on hand for the announcement.
"As a Jacksonville area resident, I consider this a personal victory for our hometown and for one of our staple business enterprises, Winn-Dixie," said Lt. Governor Carroll.
Mayor Brown said, "This is an announcement our entire community is celebrating. Winn-Dixie has a long history in Jacksonville. We are excited the company has chosen to not only remain a major part of our city and region but also to grow in the months and years ahead."
In addition to the jobs retained and created, approximately $93 million in capital investment will be brought to the area over the next few years, according to the release.
The City of Jacksonville will provide a Revenue Enhancement Value grant not to exceed $2 million during a 10 year period. The grant serves as a fiscal tool to assist businesses expanding or locating in Jacksonville.
The company also qualified for $1.04 million through Florida's Quick Response Training Program. The funds will be used to defer training costs for existing and new employees. An additional Quick Action Closing Fund incentive of $3.6 million from the state will offset costs associated with relocation and the purchase of any equipment.
First Coast News