July 11, 2014
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This cake commemorated the 50th anniversary of Winn-Dixie store No. 1478.​

There’s a lot to celebrate at the Winn-Dixie in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. July 1 was the 50thanniversary of Winn-Dixie store No. 1478 and the store team planned weekend-long festivities in honor of the major milestone.

The store celebrated its golden anniversary with a big bang and much fanfare. Customers from all over the Ocean Springs community came out to take part in the celebration that featured a series of food, cocktail and dessert sampling events with local vendors, interactive and fun activities for children and fundraisers in support of community partners.

“We really enjoy putting on events like this,” said store director Melinda Trosclair. “We have great customers in this community and it was important to us to celebrate this wonderful milestone with them.”

The store’s parking lot was transformed into a mini carnival complete with pony rides, a bounce house, face painting, a hot dog wagon and refreshments. Inside the store, door prizes featuring exciting summer items were given away. Customers could win lawn chairs, grilling items and more, including a bicycle. Local cheerleaders from St. Martin Middle School performed for customers and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised awareness and funds for their great cause.

The Ocean Springs community and store holds a very special place in Trosclair’s heart. She grew up in Oceans Springs, and as a child, shopped in the Winn-Dixie with her parents.

"It feels good to give back to the people of this incredible community,” she said. “This was an amazing event and we look forward to continuing our involvement here locally.”

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Customers and associates celebrate at store No. 1478.

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