November 29, 2013
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Hoover, Ala. Councilman John Lyda and Members of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce welcome the new Inverness Winn-Dixie with a ribbon cutting held on Nov. 20. From left, Hoover chamber ambassador, Mike Lewallen, Hoover chamber ambassador, Jerome Morgan, Jr.;  Jim Rossetti, Winn-Dixie district director for Birmingham west; Eugene Okorley, Winn-Dixie Store Director, Tim Flavin, Montgomery region vice president of Winn-Dixie; Hoover Councilman, John Lyda, and Hoover chamber ambassador, Joe Thomas.​

New Winn-Dixie store No. 445 in Birmingham, Ala. opened its doors and welcomed more than 1,000 customers and local dignitaries to an open house event on Nov. 21.

The 54,000 square-foot store, located in the Inverness community of Birmingham, joins store No. 435 in nearby Mountain Brook with Winn-Dixie’s latest store design, combining the atmosphere of a specialty grocer with the personalized service of a neighborhood market.

“The amenities in our new store offer a customized experience tailored to the Inverness community,” said Tim Flavin, Montgomery region vice president for Winn-Dixie. “We listened to our neighbors and are excited to offer a convenient shopping experience with items they want and need, exceptional service and the freshest products at the right price.”

Store No. 445 provides an array of custom-prepared, chef-inspired meals. A full-service carving station features slow-roasted prime rib, beef brisket, bourbon glazed salmon and oven-roasted pork loin. The store’s BBQ bar offers ribs, macaroni and cheese, pulled pork, mashed potatoes and bread pudding, andthe chicken wing bar offers seven different varieties. The new cheese shop features artisanal varieties and a knowledgeable cheese steward, and the store’s impressive selection of domestic and imported wines and beers with a professionally-trained beer and wine steward.

As part of the celebration, customers could contribute to Winn-Dixie’s Holiday Hunger Relief campaign, which benefits the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. At the store’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mary Michael Kelley, executive director for the food bank, thanked Winn-Dixie for a great partnership, and said Winn-Dixie stores gave more than 334,000 pounds of food last year.

"We are committed to investing in our community, both inside and outside of the store,” said Eugene Okorley, Inverness Winn-Dixie store director.

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From left, Tim Flavin, Montgomery Winn-Dixie regional vice president; Eugene Okorley, store No 445 director; Jim Rossetti, Birmingham west district director.

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Winn-Dixie store No. 445 welcomed more than 1,000 neighbors and community partners during its recent open house celebration. Attendees enjoyed delicious tastings and live entertainment throughout the new store.

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A local three-piece jazz band entertained guests while they explored the new store.

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