Award-winning pie? You have our attention

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It's common knowledge that Southerners are loyal to their grocery stores. While some are Publix purists, others wouldn't dream of stepping foot in a supermarket that's not the Piggly Wiggly. It makes sense—there's comfort in knowing your selected store has that perfectly crisp fried chicken and delicious go-to side items ready each time you visit. Southern shoppers in Georgia and the Carolinas have a loyalty to a 50-year-old chain that specific to their three states: BI-LO. Owned by the same parent company as the beloved Winn-Dixie, BI-LO promises high-quality products at affordable prices. Here are 5 reasons why we love this grocery store.

1. Down Down

BI-LO cuts the prices of hundreds of household essentials and keeps those prices down—for an entire year. With "Down Down" deals like $5 toilet paper and $2.50 Stouffer's Lasagna, there's a reason why the locals keep coming back. Check out a list of offerings online, plus many more in stores. Be sure to print out a few coupons too.

2. Resources for shoppers

BI-LO wants to help customers provide delicious, crowd-pleasing meals for their families while also sticking to a budget. The grocery store teamed up with chef Curtis Stone to provide weekly Feed Your Family recipes—like Pimento Cheeseburgers and Chicken Fajita Quesadillas. Each recipe serves a family of four and costs $10 or less. Yes—you read that correctly. At checkout, be sure to pick up a copy of BI-LO's monthly Flavor magazine for even more recipe ideas.

3. Community involvement

Who wouldn't want to shop at a store that dedicates itself to community service efforts like Feeding America, supporting local farmers, and launching healthy lifestyle initiatives?

4. Familiar brands

Browsing through the isles at BI-LO, you may recognize some favorite brands. That's because this store sells the same brands you'll find at Winn-Dixie. You'll spot Chek soda, Top Care hygiene products, and Lip-Lickin' Chicken, just to name a few.

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5. Award-winning pie

Southeastern Grocers (parent company to Winn-Dixie, Harvey's Supermarket, and BI-LO) won first place for five of its specialty pies at this year's National Pie Championship. And that's against the top bakers in the industry. Next time you're at BI-LO, pick up a gold medal pie like Apple with Caramel Drizzle.