Friday, February 25, 2005

Winn-Dixie Stores filed for bankruptcy protection

The filings were made in the evening of February 21 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Peter Lynch, President and CEO of Winn-Dixie, said, "We intend to use this reorganization process to take the actions necessary to position Winn-Dixie for future success. This includes achieving significant cost reductions, improving the merchandising and customer service in all locations and generating a sense of excitement in the stores. We deeply regret any adverse impact the Chapter 11 filing may have on our associates, vendors, shareholders and business partners. However, having spent the last two months taking an in-depth look at the Company and visiting over 50 stores across our chain, I am convinced that the Chapter 11 process will give us the opportunity we need to restructure our finances, strengthen our business performance and achieve a sustained turnaround at Winn-Dixie."

All 920 Winn-Dixie stores in eight states and the Bahamas are open and serving customers. Winn-Dixie intends to use the reorganization process to take additional action to improve its operations and financial performance and strengthen its business.

To fund its continuing operations during the restructuring, Winn-Dixie has secured an $800 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing facility from Wachovia Bank, N.A. Subject to court approval, the DIP credit facility, which replaces the Company's previous $600 million credit line, will be used to supplement the Company's cash flow during the reorganization process.

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