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regulatory-70Each year the Florida Retail Federation publishes its Business Regulation guide, which contains information about each of the state agencies that influence the way our members manage their business. This is your go to reference for understanding what they are and how they operate.

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regulatory-70The mission of FRF's Advocacy, Intervention and Political Team is to maintain a favorable economic climate for retailers and their suppliers to grow and prosper. We advocate and intervene on behalf of the retail industry before the state's legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies to promote the interests of businesses large and small.

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  • FRF / Apr 21, 2015 Member Profile: Shell Lumber & Hardware
    FRF member Shell Lumber & Hardware will accept the Tools of the Trade Award at the 2015 Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas May 5 during the National Hardware Show.
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  • FRF / Apr 14, 2015 Historic Year for U.S. Convenience Stores
    Convenience continues to resonate with consumers, with record in-store sales of nearly $215 billion and overall industry sales closing in on $700 billion in 2014.
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  • FRF / Mar 31, 2015 At Bealls Outlet, he's the king of a good deal
    Unlike what you'd find in its sister department stores, the dress or pair of shoes a shopper sees one day in an outlet store might not be there the next. That's the beauty of the hunt, says Dave Alves, president of the Bradenton company's outlet store division.
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  • FRF / Mar 12, 2015 PetSmart goes private as $8.7B sale closes

    Group of investors completes buyout of pet store retailer.

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    NEW YORK — PetSmart said Wednesday that it has been taken private, as a group of investors led by the buyout firm BC Partners completed their $8.7 billion acquisition of the pet store retailer.

    PetSmart President and CEO David Lenhart and Chairman Gregory Josefowicz are stepping down as part of the deal. Michael Massey is being named president and CEO, and Raymond Svider is the new non-executive chairman. Massey is the former CEO of Collective Brands Inc., which owns Payless ShoeSource, and Svider is managing partner at BC Partners.

    Lenhart became CEO of PetSmart in June 2013, the same time Josefowicz became chairman. Lenhart became president of the company in April 2014.

    In early July the activist hedge fund manager Jana Capital disclosed that it had taken a stake in PetSmart and had become the Phoenix-based company’s largest shareholder. Jana Partners said it wanted to talk to PetSmart’s board about a possible sale of the company and other changes that it said would improve company performance. Another major shareholder, Longview Asset Management, also pushed for the sale.

    PetSmart said at the time that it would consider putting itself up for sale and would cut costs. On Dec. 14, the company said it would be taken private in a deal that valued the company at $83 per share. That was a 39 percent premium to its closing price on July 2. PetSmart Inc. shareholders approved the sale on Friday. The company operates about 1,387 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    The company’s shares rose 4 cents to $82.99 in afternoon trading. The stock was scheduled to be delisted after the close of trading Wednesday.

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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