Major Supermarket Chain to Close 94 Stores, File for Bankruptcy

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The grocery chain, which is the parent company of Winn-Dixie and Harveys, announced the closures Thursday as part of a restructuring plan created to allow more than 500 other locations to keep their doors open.

A grocery in Greenwood closed for two days in late 2016 and reopened as a Harveys Supermarket, touting its new, innovative design.

The company also announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which will allow it to continue operations.

But Winn-Dixie on Friday emailed some "loyal" customers, stating that stores would close on or before April 30.

Media outlets reported that Southeastern Grocers said Thursday it will closed 19 stores in SC and 11 in North Carolina.

"After careful consideration, we have chosen to voluntarily implement a court-supervised, prepackaged restructuring agreement", the statement reads. The company plans to file for bankruptcy by the end of March.

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Older grocery chains such as Winn-Dixie are facing competition from big-box retailers like Target and Wal-Mart, and from Amazon.com Inc., which previous year purchased Whole Foods in a move to establish a physical presence in neighborhoods.

Southeastern Grocers will close ninety-four stores across the southeast but the Winn-Dixie in Meridian is not on the list.

"As anticipated, the store in Holly Hill won't be closing", Jaffe said.

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

Greenville and Spartanburg BI-LO grocery stores are among six of the 94 underperforming stores that will be closed in the Southeast. Southeastern executives say the planned restructuring should put it in better financial position, including a $500 million reduction in debt. "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".

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