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Bargains to be found as Tampa Bay area Sweetbay stores become Winn-Dixie

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - If you shop at Sweetbay Supermarkets, change is coming.

It is the second time in seven years that some of these stores have made a transition.

In 2007, Kash N' Karry stores transitioned to become Sweetbay. The new identity was supposed to be more upscale.

In 2013, Bi-Lo Holdings purchased the Sweetbay Supermarket chain and will now transition 43 stores in the Tampa Bay area to become Winn Dixie stores.

Winn Dixie says they will be offering in store savings and rewards programs immediately.

Winn Dixie Vice president Joey Medina says while many things inside and outside the stores will be changing, they are also making an effort to keep things as familiar as possible inside the old Sweetbay stores.

"We made sure that we left items where they were at before, so if the peanut butter was on aisle 3, it's still going to be on aisle 3," said Medina.

Medina says many Sweetbay employees will also be staying and will receive new training and new purpose as Winn Dixie employees.

That's important for shoppers like Lizzie Rushing.

"I love Sweetbay and I'm glad they're keeping all of my friends in there,"said Rushing.

Sweetbay customers will also see immediate sales as the stores sells off its customized brands.

Hannaford products were the generic brand for Sweetbay and will now be sold as clearance items  as Winn Dixie moves to it's own branding.

Other Sweetbay lines like Nature's Place, my essentials and healthy accents will also be sold as clearance items as each Sweetbay stores closes.

A spokesperson says that the branded products will be marked down in increments, depending on when the Sweetbay store is scheduled to close.

The price cuts begin at 25 percent off, then products will be marked down 50 percent, followed by another mark down to 75 percent off.

The following Sweetbay stores will close on Saturday, March 22 and reopen on Friday, March 28 as Winn-Dixie stores:
  • 2881 Clark Road, Sarasota
  • 4230 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
  • 1325 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
  • 5802 14th Street West, Bradenton
  • 2501 Cortez Road West, Bradenton
  • 7575 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples
  • 8951 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs
  • 18731 Three Oaks Parkway, Ft. Myers
  • 10026 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs
  • 1016 Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral
  • l8650 Gladiolus Drive, Ft. Myers
  • 10580 Colonial Boulevard, Ft. Myers
  • 61 Bell Boulevard North, Lehigh Acres
  • 5660 Bayshore Road, Ft. Myers
  • 1951 South McCall Road, Englewood
  • 1254 Jacaranda, Venice
  • 458 Venice By-Pass, Venice
The following Sweetbay stores will close on Saturday, March 29 and will reopen Friday, April 4 as Winn-Dixie stores:
  • 10579 Big Bend Rd., Riverview
  • 6929 U.S. Highway 301 S., Riverview
  • 16751 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia
  • 2535 State Road 60 E., Valrico
  • 205 West Alexander St., Plant City
  • 10202 Seminole Blvd., Seminole
  • 6851 Gulfport Blvd., South Pasadena
  • 2139 34th St. N., St. Petersburg
  • 3250 U.S. 27 South, Sebring
  • 7625 Blind Pass Rd., St. Petersburg
  • 515 7th St., Palmetto
  • 5805 Manatee Ave., Bradenton
  • 252 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach
  • 1023 North Tamiami Trail, Ruskin
  • 7491 4th St. North, St. Petersburg
  • 3327 9th St. North, St. Petersburg
  • 11230 Martin Luther King Blvd., Seffner

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