It looks like Florida is the prime market to be for retail expansion. Southeastern Grocers recently announced it will be opening up eight new Winn-Dixie stores in the Sunshine State before the end of the year.
The grocer revealed its banner expansion plan following the February opening of a Winn-Dixie in the Brentwood community in Jacksonville, Florida, in response to a local plea to combat an impending food desert in the area.
“At Southeastern Grocers, we are committed to supporting, enriching, and growing the communities we serve. Winn-Dixie is deeply rooted in Florida, and we are proud to expand our footprint and enhance our presence throughout the state,” Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said. “In addition to our new store that we opened earlier this year, we look forward to introducing eight more new appealing stores with fresh, quality products at the right price to deliver a shopping experience our associates, customers, and communities can always count on.”
Southeastern Grocers had recently acquired and finalized agreements to purchase multiple Lucky’s Market locations and Earth Fare grocery stores throughout Florida. These acquisitions continue to build momentum for the grocer’s Winn-Dixie banner. According to a press release, each converted store will be remodeled with a specialized approach to provide a wide product selection and additional jobs and opportunities for local community members.
The retailer will be offering positions to Lucky’s Market and Earth Fare associates impacted by the acquisition, as well as anyone committed to providing customers with quality service. All eight locations are projected to have grand opening dates this year, with an opening celebration for customers to check out the fresh offerings and savings available.
For a detailed list of new store locations, as well as information to apply for positions, read the full release here.
With the expansion of Winn-Dixie underway, will Southeastern Grocers, Inc. focus on its BI-LO, Fresco y Más, and Harveys Supermarket banners in the future? Deli Market News will continue to report.