TAMPA - Nearly a dozen Winn-Dixie stores in the Tampa Bay area will be closing by the end of April.
The chain’s parent company Southeastern Grocers is revealing more details after announcing the upcoming closure of 94 stores nationwide, ten of which are in the bay area.
The store on Dale Mabry Boulevard near I-275 is on the list of “underperforming” stores that will close as part of a bankruptcy deal.
“Very sad because we come here quite often. It’s close to home,” said customer Albert Fernandez.
Fernandez and his wife Rita have been customers for nearly 35 years.
Southeastern Grocers’ spokesperson Joe Caldwell says the company wants to keep as many employees as possible. The employees will have the option of transferring to other locations, Caldwell says.
Caldwell says employees who stay through the closures will get severance pay.
He added that the shutdown process will begin in the next couple of weeks with markdown sales. He did not give specifics about the sales but said they will have deals similar to other big stores that have closed.
The 10 stores will be closed on or before April 30 Caldwell says.
Even with closures and bankruptcy, Caldwell says remaining stores will be renovated and that customers in the bay area should expect more grand openings in the future.
The following stores will be closing in the Tampa Bay area:
- Apollo Beach- 6180 U.S. Highway 41 North
- Bradenton - 3500 53rd Ave. West
- Land O' Lakes- 2126 Collier Parkway
- St. Petersburg- 7625 Blind Pass Road
- Sarasota- 3301 17th Street
- Sarasota- 1325 S. Tamiami Trail
- Sarasota- 2881 Clark Road
- Tampa- 2525 E. Hillsboro Avenue (Harveys Supermarket)
- Tampa- 2525 N. Dale Mabry
- Tampa- 4317 Gandy Blvd