With bargain hunters quickly clearing already depleted shelves of everything from canned beans to soon-to-expire bags of dry milk and pumpkin roll cakes, the state's 33 doomed Sweetbay supermarkets are shutting their doors days before the date originally set for their closing.
"We had said on or before Feb. 13, but because inventory levels are gone, all stores will be closing" by Wednesday, said Sweetbay spokeswoman Nicole LeBeau. "There will be some closing today."
The chain, owned by the Belgian-based Delhaize Group, announced plans to shut 33 under-performing Florida stores last month.
The following stores in the Tampa Bay area are closing today: 6095 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 955 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 1861 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater; 7580 49th St. N, Pinellas Park; 5050 10th Ave. East, Tampa.
Closing on Wednesday: 1794 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; 3400 E. Lake Road, Palm Harbor; 9017 S.R. 52, Hudson; 2333 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa; 4519 Gunn Highway, Tampa; 5320 Ehrlich Road, Tampa; 17605 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa.
Other stores in Kenneth City, Dunedin, Zephyrhills, Spring Hill, Plant City, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, New Port Richey and Trinity closed on Monday.