In order to reduce its debt by almost a half-billion dollars, they have made the "difficult but necessary decision" to close 94 underperforming stores, including the Winn-Dixie chain.
Winn-Dixie, 3500 53rd Ave. W.
"This course of action enables us to continue writing the story for our company and our iconic, heritage banners in the Southeast", CEO Anthony Hucker said in a written statement. "We will continue every day to provide our associates with a great place to work and our customers with a store experience they can count on". In Apollo Beach, the Winn-Dixie at 6180 USA 41 will also close.
"It is going to affect over 33,000 people who are food insecure", said Castillo.
Winn-Dixie, 3301 17th St. "Their market has been taken over by newer, fresher, more modern competition".
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The company also announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which will allow it to continue operations. It issued no details on when the stores would close or how many employees would lose their jobs.
Grocery store is all but empty and the carts are all inside at the Winn Dixie in Tavernier, Florida on September 7, 2017. East in Bradenton and 3 locations in Sarasota; 17th Street, South Tamiami Trail and Clark Road.
The Tamarac supermarket was one of three full-service kosher stores in South Florida. Also all stores in Americus and Auburn will remain open.
None of the BI-LO stores in Greer will be closed. She was disappointed to learn the news because she, like other customers, prefers Harveys for its prices and convenient location. Winn-Dixie stores average about 47,000 square feet. In addition to Winn-Dixie, Southeastern Grocers owns BiLo, Harvey's Supermarkets, and Fresco y Más stores. It said it intends to file with the bankruptcy court by the end of March.
Several years ago Winn-Dixie began moving away from its reputation as a low-cost grocer to one that targeted upscale shoppers. It's previously gone through bankruptcy in 2005 and 2009.