Winn-Dixie V. Dollar General in Different Type of Grocery Fight
common practice for retailers to structure real estate deals to keep competitors
from opening a store in the same shopping center. Some have been known to even
let spaces stay empty after they’ve closed a location
rather than let a competitor gain a foothold. So, a lawsuit brought by Winn-Dixie
against Dollar General over the sale of groceries probably shouldn’t
be a surprise.
The Jacksonville, FL-based supermarket chain has filed a suit
in U.S. District Court looking to prevent Dollar General from selling groceries
in 100 shopping centers the two companies share in the Sunshine State.
claims, according to a Palm Beach Post report, that Dollar General is
in violation of a 2007 judicial decision barring it from selling groceries
in centers where Winn-Dixie, as the anchor "has the exclusive right
to sell groceries."
An unidentified Winn-Dixie spokesperson told Supermarket
decision to operate a grocery store at a particular location is typically contingent
on obtaining the exclusive right to sell groceries within the store’s
Dollar General has denied the charges and plans to fight
- Winn Dixie to Dollar General: Stop selling food in our shopping plazas – Palm
- Winn-Dixie Sues Dollar General Over Food – Supermarket News
Discussion Question: What is your reaction to the suit filed by Winn-Dixie against Dollar General over the sale of groceries in shopping centers where the two have stores? How could a ruling in this case affect the shopping center industry?