Shoppers sad to see Mobile Winn-Dixie go


Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, announced Thursday it will close 94 stores in seven states, including 10 in the Tampa Bay area.

The stores closing for good in Columbia include the Harveys located on Broad River Road, Decker Boulevard and North Main Street.

Landlords at the closed stores will be stuck with large spaces to fill at a time when some retailers are cutting down on their brick-and-mortar stores, or going out of business.

Under the restructuring, Southeastern Grocers is closing 19 stores in Georgia, nine stores in North Carolina and 19 stores in SC, including five in the Midlands.

Southeastern Grocers, which owns grocery store chain Winn-Dixie, announced plans to file for bankruptcy and close almost 100 stores. In addition to Winn-Dixie closings, a number of Harveys and BI-LO locations - which are also owned by Southeastern Grocers - are closing.

The company expects to file under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code by the end of March, and complete the restructuring in 90 days.

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The other supermarkets to be shuttered are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC.

The restructuring plan calls for the parent company to close 94 grocery stores, leaving 582 locations in operations.

Southeastern Grocers said in a statement Thursday that it is voluntarily filing bankruptcy to execute its restructuring. "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".

Winn-Dixie is a Jacksonville-based grocery chain in Florida.

It said it has already reached a restructuring agreement with lenders to shed $500 million in debt.

She's not alone. After hearing the news that the Winn-Dixie at Schillinger and Cottage Hill will be closing soon, some shoppers on their pre-dinner shopping trips, said they're just as shocked to see it go.