May 02, 2014

Associates and customers at BI-LO and Winn-Dixie stores throughout eight states enjoyed a very colorful Easter.

Many stores celebrated throughout the week with face painting, cookie decorating, Easter egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny himself.

The Easter spirit was in plain view throughout the floral and bakery departments at many stores as colorful flowers, sweet cookies and cakes lit up the stores.

Several stores celebrated the holiday in their own special way by offering something that every customer could enjoy.

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On April 19, Winn-Dixie Store No. 2402 in Bonita Springs, Fla. held their first Easter egg hunt with 35 kids and their parents in attendance. Children searched for the Easter eggs high and low that were filled with candy and tickets for prizes! The parents and children also enjoyed free coffee, donuts, juice, and water during the celebration. Afterwards, two lucky parents won a $25 Winn-Dixie gift card.

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Perla, Lilly, Alex, Mario, Isabelle, Mathew, Jocelyn, Evan and Ethan of the Perez family enjoyed meeting the Easter Bunny and getting their faces painted at Winn-Dixie store No. 54.

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In Mullins, S.C., children at the Serenity Faith Ministry enjoyed a Monday Easter fun day, where they enjoyed hamburgers and hotdogs donated by BI-LO store No. 5747. The children also enjoyed dancing, playing basketball, football, kickball, and an afternoon Easter egg hunt with lots of candy.

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On April 12, Winn-Dixie store No. 1483 held its first Easter event. The event included an Easter egg hunt, face painting, Outdoor BBQ, Pony rides, Spacewalk, A clown making balloon animals and More. The event hosted more than 200 kids from the community.

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The Easter Bunny made a special stop at Winn-Dixie No. 480 in Columbus, Ga. during the weekend of April 20. Service Associate Dana Martin played the Easter Bunny and greeted excited customers. Groups from all over Columbus and even Phenix City, Ala. came by to see and greet the Easter Bunny.

"We just wanted to do something different to get involved with our community and I can certainly say having an Easter Bunny on site is differen," Store Director Donald Loveless said.

“We had so many happy giggling children and even plenty of happy laughing adults all scrambling to have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny,” Service Area Don Stacks said.

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