Judge approves Winn-Dixie bankruptcy plan

Winn-Dixie workers packaged mini donuts in Hyde Park location. (JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times)
Winn-Dixie workers packaged mini donuts in Hyde Park location. (JAMES BORCHUCK | Times)
Published May 15 2018
Updated May 15 2018

Winn-Dixie’s parent company Southeastern Grocers plans to emerge from bankruptcy in "coming weeks," after a judge approved its reorganization plan on Monday, officials said.

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on March 27 in a Delaware courtroom.

Previous coverage:Winn-Dixie parent company files for bankruptcy, plans to close 94 stores

"We are delighted with the Court’s swift approval which marks a major milestone in the transformation and correction of our business," CEO Anthony Hucker said in a prepared statement. "This confirmation paves the way for us to emerge as a strong, viable business that is well-positioned to succeed in the competitive retail market."

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The company of grocery store chains — including Fresco y Más, Bi-Lo, and Harvey’s Market — has closed 94 under-preforming stores. It’s also reassessed what works locally, turning two Tampa Winn-Dixie locations into the company’s Hispanic banner and closing a total of six Tampa Bay locations.

The company said it will continue to operate 575 stores and cut its debt by about $600 million.

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