Southeastern Grocers LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Mas 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 66,000 associates who serve customers in 756 grocery stores, 145 liquor stores and 504 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina.
In 1924, Iris Johnson Harvey, the wife of a young railroad section foreman J.M. Harvey, began supplementing the family income by selling groceries out of their home. Once the business expanded, the Harveys family moved the business from their home and opened their first grocery store in Tifton, Ga. In October 2003, Delhaize Group acquired Harveys, which operated 43 supermarkets at the time. Throughout the next 90 years, Harveys expanded to 72 stores throughout North Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
The origin of Winn-Dixie dates back to 1925 when W.M. Davis founded Miami, Fla.-based Table Supply Stores. In 1939, the Davis family purchased a controlling share of Winn & Lovett, based in Jacksonville, Fla. Finally, in 1955, Winn & Lovett merged with Greenville, South Carolina-based Dixie-Home Stores, thus creating the Winn-Dixie banner.
In 1961, Frank Outlaw, a former Winn-Dixie executive, bought four Greenville, S.C. grocery stores from the chain Wrenn and Syracuse, to create the Wrenn & Outlaw chain. In 1963, the chain was renamed BI-LO.
Fresco y Más
Introduced in 2016, Fresco y Mas is Southeastern Grocers newest banner focused on the unique tastes and needs of our Hispanic communities. Fresco y Mas stores showcase an expanded Hispanic product assortment, along with great low prices and new features such as a full-service Latin Butcher Shop and Cocina. How with an additional five locations, our Fresco y Mas family is even more dedicated to delivering great prices and great service to our customers. That's a promise!
In 2012, BI-LO merged with Winn-Dixie, and the parent company
Bi-Lo Holdings was formed.
In 2013, Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 72 Sweetbay stores, plus leases
for 10 prior Sweetbay locations, 72 Harveys stores and 11 Reid’s
stores, totaling 165 stores from Delhaize Group.
In 2014, conversions for the formerly owned Delhaize stores to
Bi-Lo Holdings ownership were completed. Reids banner stores were
converted to BI-LOs, Sweetbay banner stores were converted to
Winn-Dixies and Bi-Lo Holdings retained the Harveys banner.
In 2015, Bi-Lo Holdings was officially renamed Southeastern Grocers.