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Winn-Dixie's parent company lays off 250 people

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In what the company president called a restructuring of its support centers, Southeastern Grocers laid off 250 people Thursday morning.

Southeastern Grocers owns the Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys chains, operating 750 grocery stores across seven states. According to the company's release, the employees would be provided transition services, health benefits for a total notice period and employee discounts for 12 months.

An employee told News4Jax that the Jacksonville employees affected were told at a 9:30 a.m. meeting, then escorted off the property.

According to the Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record, the company would not say how many of those jobs were at its Jacksonville Support Center.

The company said the restructuring was limited to the support centers, "to simplify the operating model and increase efficiency," and there were no changes to in-store operations.