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From providing jobs to philanthropic support, retailers are vital to the communities they serve. Begun in 1999, the annual Retailer of the Year Award pays tribute to an outstanding retailer who demonstrates sound business practices and commitment to his or her employees, customers and communities. Nominate someone today for the 2014 Retailer of the Year Award. Nominations are accepted through Thursday, April 10.

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2014 State of Florida Retailing Report

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The Florida Alliance for Main Street Fairness believes in standing up for businesses, consumers and taxpayers by closing the Internet Sales Tax Loophole. We’re a coalition of business and civic leaders. Our job is to educate private citizens, small businesses and elected officials about the costs and consequences of a massive sales tax loophole that’s allowing out-of-state internet giants to prey on Florida’s Main Street merchants.
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Retail directly and indirectly supports 1 in 4 Florida jobs. Retail is directly and indirectly responsible for 21% of Florida's GDP. Retail directly and indirectly generates 21% of labor income in Florida. Retail supports 2,607,843 jobs in Florida.

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2014 Retailer of the Year Award

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Written By Matt Egan / Published December 19, 2011 / FOXBusiness

Southeastern U.S. supermarket operator Winn-Dixie (WINN: 9.26, +3.83, +70.53%) reached a $530 million deal on Monday to be sold to fellow supermarket owner BI-LO in a transaction that carries a lofty 75% premium.

Privately held BI-LO, which is based in Greenville, S.C., said once the deal closes Winn-Dixie will become a subsidiary of BI-LO, but keep its own banner. The combined company will have 690 stores in nine states scattered throughout the Southeast.

BI-LO said it will pay $9.50 in cash per share of Winn-Dixie stock, translating to a hefty 75% premium on Winn-Dixie’s Friday close of $5.43.

Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie has about 46,000 employees and 480 retail grocery locations in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi.

BI-LO, which is majority-owned by Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, employs about 17,000 people and operates 207 supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

“With no overlap in our markets, the combined company will have a perfect geographic fit that will create a stronger platform from which to provide our customers great products at a great value, while continuing to offer exceptional service,” BI-LO Chairman Randall Onstead said in a statement.

The deal is seen closing in the next 60 to 120 days, at which point shares of Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie will stop trading on the Nasdaq Global Market.

The companies said they do not “currently expect” any store closures as a result of the deal. BI-LO and Winn-Dixie said the combined company’s executive management team structure and headquarters location will be decided in the coming weeks, but it’s expected to maintain a presence in both Greenville and Jacksonville.

“By combining BI-LO and Winn-Dixie, we anticipate building a company that is stronger than our individual businesses and creating opportunities for continued advancement through the cross-pollination of our people and the sharing of ideas across our organizations,” said Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch.

Shares of Winn-Dixie, which had been almost 25% in the red on the year, surged 71.82% to $9.35 ahead of Monday’s open.

Read Story at Fox Business: BI-LO Buys Winn-Dixie

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Represents Florida's grocery industry and keeps its members aware of legislative and regulatory issues and events affecting their industry.

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