By: Garin Flowers
March 12, 2014
Some residents say the Harvey's on South Monroe Street is more than just a grocery store on the south side of Tallahassee.
After hearing word that it's planned to close, people joined together Wednesday night, to fight to keep it open.
"My larger concern is, the fact that, as a member of the South side Redevelopment Advisory Council, what kind of economic impact is that going to have on the south side of the city," said Betsy Henderson, a local resident.
The parent company that owns Winn Dixie acquired Harvey's. They announced they will be closing stores due to the close geographic location.
That doesn't sit well with residents like Betsy Henderson and Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor who called the meeting.
"We have been losing small businesses in the neighborhood and in the community and I am concerned that we will become a food desert and people will not have access to food," Henderson said.
Dozens showed up to address a corporate representative that came out to hear people's concerns.
"We're interested in the community. We value the input and we want to take this back and discuss," said Tim Flavin, the Winn Dixie rep.
He further said they've taken everyone's feedback and will make a careful reconsideration.
"Without our customers we're nothing so every input was important to us tonight."
As of now, the store is planned to close on May 3rd of this year.
News Release: Commissioner Bill Proctor's Office
Updated: March 10, 2014, 10:30pm
In light of the recent announcement by the Parent Company of Harvey’s per a Federal Trade Commission Consent Order to close the Tallahassee Harvey’s at 2526 South Monroe Street, Commissioner Bill Proctor will host a community meeting regarding the closing of the store. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bethel A.M.E. Church on 501 West Orange Avenue. The managers of Harvey’s and Winn Dixie (Paul Russell Road) will be invited to attend this meeting.
Commissioner Bill Proctor
Community Meeting on Harvey’s Supermarket Closing
Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Bethel A.M.E. Church, 501 West Orange Avenue
News Release: Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 25, 2014 – Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, parent company of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains, today announced the difficult but necessary decision to close eight of the acquired Delhaize America (Euronext Brussels: DELB – NYSE: DEG) and five Bi-Lo Holdings stores due to close geographic proximity. Earlier today both companies announced that they have received approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to proceed with the transaction to acquire the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize Group pending the divestiture of 12 stores by Bi-Lo Holdings and Delhaize Group retaining two stores and converting them to the Food Lion banner. The FTC’s approval is pursuant to a consent order accepted by the FTC for public comment on February 25, 2014. The order is subject to final approval by the FTC after the close of a 30-day comment period.
“Given the number of stores we are acquiring, we anticipated that we may be asked by the FTC to divest some stores to close the deal. In addition, with the close proximity of some of the Bi-Lo Holdings and Delhaize stores, we also knew that we would have to close a few stores as part of the acquisition,” said R. Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. “We appreciate the many contributions our associates in these stores have made, and we will ensure they are treated respectfully and have the opportunity to pursue other open positions in nearby stores.”
The stores planned for closure are as follows:
- Sweetbay #1906 (Naples, FL) - March 22, 2014
- Sweetbay #1798 (Dade City, FL) - April 5, 2014
- Sweetbay #1872 (Zephyrhills,FL) - April 5, 2014
- Harveys #2360 (Green Cove Springs, FL) - May 3, 2014
- Harveys #2364 (Tallahassee, FL) - May 3, 2014
- Reid's #1507 (Walterboro, SC) - May 31, 2014
- Reid's #2158 (Cayce, SC) - May 31, 2014
- Reid's #2612 (Orangeburg, SC) - May 31, 2014
- Winn-Dixie #699 (St. Petersburg, FL) - May 10, 2014
- Winn-Dixie #624 (Tarpon Springs, FL) - May 17, 2014
- Winn-Dixie #647 (Seffner, FL) - May 24, 2014
- Winn-Dixie #101 (Moultrie, GA) - June 14, 2014
- BI-LO #5423 (Aiken, SC) - July 12, 2014
In May 2013, Bi-Lo Holdings originally announced its intent to acquire 155 operating Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize Group. At the close of the transaction, Bi-Lo Holdings will operate 134 of the stores.