The name Winn-Dixie was created when The Davis brothers, who had acquired part of a chain of stores called Winn & Lovett, purchased 117 Dixie Home stores. By merging the two names in an attempt to retain customers from both stores, the team of owners derived the name Winn-Dixie.
The origin of this modern grocer dates back to 1913, and starts with Carl Davis and his brother William Milton. These brothers, who were working at the Clark Mercantile at the time, decided to trade working on the floor for owning their own businesses, and began acquiring existing stores.
This acquisition of businesses continued after the death of William Milton, when his four sons purchased 73 Winn & Lovett stores from owner Bill Lovett. These sons continued purchasing existing storefronts from various smaller merchants. In 1955, they purchased a large group of stores from Dixie Home. It was at this time that the brothers elected to change the name of the company and the first stores carrying the Winn-Dixie name appeared.
In the years since the emergence of this brand, the company has continued to grow. As of 2015, the company boasted 521 grocery stores spanning five states in the southeastern United States.