Customers disappointed at Winn-Dixie closing stores in Tallahassee, South Georgia

Published: Mar. 15, 2018 at 7:17 PM EDT
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Winn-Dixie grocery stores are set to close more locations in our area.

Seven stores in South Georgia and two in Tallahassee will be closing.

The Tallahassee locations are West Tharpe Street and the one on North Monroe Street in the Lake Jackson Plaza.

We recently saw the Winn-Dixie on South Monroe Street close its doors.

The company says all of them were underperforming, and this was a difficult decision to make.

James Miller, an executive with the Florida Retail Federation, says closing these next two Tallahassee Winn-Dixies can make it difficult for customers to find somewhere else to go.

The closures will also of course impact the employees, depending on their jobs and the local economy.

"You're going to see employees losing wages. So, they're not going to be spending at local restaurants, they're not going to be spending at local retailers, local shops. That's unfortunate. Hopefully Winn-Dixie has a relocation plan maybe for some of these employees," Miller said.

Johnna Cooper lives near the Winn-Dixie on West Tharpe Street, and is disappointed to hear it's closing.

"It's a shame. They've already closed all the Winn-Dixies on southside. This is the only one on Tharpe. Where are we going to go? Where will we go?" she said.

Ann Schildt said, "It makes me sad because it's so close to my house. When I need something quickly, I just run right down here."

Henry Powell said, "I've been shopping at Winn-Dixie all my life. So, it's going to be hard not seeing it. Everyone's kind of upset about it. But, it is what it is."

A company statement says, "Southeastern Grocers has conducted a thorough review of options for reducing our current debt. Taking this step was critical to our future and the long-term health of our business."

"I'll miss them. I will," Tallahassee resident Todd Robuck, said.

Robuck doesn't live near the Lake Jackson location anymore, but he says he comes to the other side of town sometimes just for Winn-Dixie.

"The employees were great. It was convenient to where we lived. They had some great food. They really did," He said.

Ed Mulvaney said, "I'm just real disappointed. I'm a resident of an RV park down the street with 150 sites. This is a very convenient store. Frankly, it's going to be a loss for the community."

The full list of closures is below. The company's full statement is also below.

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 15, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Winn-Dixie's parent company, Southeastern Grocers, has announced they will be closing 94 Winn-Dixie and Harveys grocery stores, including several in our area.

10 local stores are closing in our area:

  • Winn-Dixie on 3813-10 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee
  • Winn-Dixie on 1525 West Tharpe Street, Tallahassee
  • Harveys on 1000 First Ave. NE, Cairo
  • Winn-Dixie on 4036 Bemiss Rd., Valdosta
  • Winn-Dixie on 1105 Madison Highway, Valdosta
  • Harveys on 306 Smith Ave., Thomasville
  • Harveys on 1209 1st Ave. Southeast, Moultrie
  • Harveys on 400 West 4th St., Adel
  • Harveys on 68 North Scott Street, Camilla
  • Harveys on GA Hwy 112 & Azalea Trail, Sylvester SEG's statement on the closures can be seen below.
    Southeastern Grocers has conducted a thorough review of options for reducing our current debt. Taking this step was critical to our future and the long-term health of our business. After careful consideration, we have chosen to voluntarily implement a court-supervised, prepackaged restructuring agreement. We have not taken these steps without careful planning and consideration. As part of this restructuring, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close 94 underperforming stores. It is our goal to work through our financial restructuring as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we will emerge from this process likely within the next 90 days. We will continue to thrive with 582 successful stores in operation and will continue to deliver a store experience our associates, customers and communities can count on. The story for our company and for our iconic, heritage banners is still being written. As part of this transformational process, our three-year plan will create stunning, remodeled stores in a significant portion of our footprint. This revitalization will also provide our customers with fresh, new concepts and products to cater to the local tastes and needs of the neighborhoods we serve. "This course of action enables us to continue writing the story for our company and our iconic, heritage banners in the Southeast.” —Anthony Hucker, President and Chief Executive Officer"
    For more information on SEG's restructuring, click here.