Winn-Dixie parent to close 20 stores and consider layoffs as grocery industry the next sector to get CRUSHED

May 11, 2017
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A massive consolidation is underway in the grocery industry. Look for grocery stores to be the next industry to get crushed. According to this Food Dive report Winn-Dixie parent, Southeastern Grocers will be shutting down 20 stores. Unfortunately, this sector has failed to do anything that one would consider “innovating” in the last 50 years thus leaving it in prime position to get destroyed by an Uber like app.

Southeastern Grocers will close 20 stores in its Winn-Dixie and Harvey’s footprint, according to Supermarket News. The Jacksonville, Fla.-company also is considering laying off a number of store-level department heads. The publication reported that Southeastern is in talks to refinance its debt.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer said the closures were part of a customary portfolio review and in some cases accompany lease expirations or the effects of renovations of neighboring stores. Southeastern Grocers, whose operations also include Bi-Lo, said two Winn-Dixie stores shuttered following flooding in Louisiana will not reopen.

“From time to time, the successful execution of our strategy will require us to make the difficult decision to close stores,” Southeastern Grocers spokesman Joe Caldwell told Supermarket News in an email.



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  • L. A. McDonough

    I wouldnt be surprised if one or more closed in Dothan , Al. Publix is a cut above with three stores here and great customer service offering rain checks for specials and allowing 2 for 1 half price for just one, which W. Dixie won’t. I hate loyalty cards, and feel I shouldn’t have to give personal info to anyone just to get the sales. I don’t shop W/D anymore, stores look dated and they hire mainly elderly women on the registers, who need to retire and let young women have the jobs..

    • Sue Connor

      Has it occurred to you that the reason the “elderly women” are working is because they can’t survive on Social Security and need the job to survive?

  • Kenneth Trayer

    It is all driven by mass consumerism. It started in the late 1970’s when every woman had to get a job, then their children grew up and had the same attitude, prices adjusted to fit the now super profitable dual income family and housing, auto, restaurant, etc… followed suit. If you start to trend back to the Family, (1 daddy-1 momma- children however many) daddy goes to work, momma stays home raises children, and everybody doesn’t buy a 200,000$ house, a $30,000 car, YOU STAY MARRIED, honor your commitments, then in reality there are enough jobs and homes could be affordable. In the 1950-range homes were 3-4b/r,1 bath , 900-1200 sq ft., approx 1/3 the size of average houses now. Nobody needs three T.V.s, a refrigerator only has to cool food, ($2000 is crazy when you can get one just plain for 400$-700.) But because of greed two parents work, get burnout, divorce , etc.,,, So to all the so-called economists, this was predicted by christian analysts and behavior scientists and you chose to ignore them. Oh well…..

  • Midwest Values

    Was on vacation in Orlando this past February. Visited the Winn Dixie because they were opened late. Very nice staff, but the store looked like it hasn’t had a renovation since Gerald Ford was President and the prices were super high. Not surprised they are having issues.