Sweetbay's Midtown store likely not saved - WFLA News Channel 8

Sweetbay's Midtown store likely not saved

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Despite protests from people living in St. Petersburg's midtown neighborhood and pleas from city leaders, it appears the "Sweetbay" store on 18th avenue south will close in the next two weeks.

Two weeks ago, Sweetbay's parent company announced it planned to close 33 stores in Florida, including the one in the Midtown community of St.Petersburg.

The Mayor Foster and several other elected officials and community leaders met in the Sweetbay store parking lot, last week, to pledge their support to fight the closing.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster says he's received no phone calls from Sweetbay officials indicating they are willing to stop the planned closing by mid-February. Nor has he received word the company would be willing to delay the closing to give planners more time to find a replacement grocery store.

He said the closing is "a done deal."

A total of 73 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the closing.

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