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  1. Shuttered Sweetbay Supermarkets drag down nearby small businesses

    Retail

    Chetan Shah took over Anclote Pharmacy in Tarpon Springs in 2010, expecting to run a brisk, successful business. …

    There are at least 18 shells of former Sweetbay Supermarkets in Tampa Bay that were never converted to Winn-Dixies during the grocery chain’s acquisition, including this one in Trinity in Pasco County. [BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Times]
  2. Mega-sized Grace Family Church buys old Sweetbay on Gandy in Tampa amid re-development

    Realestate

    TAMPA — In a deal that reflects the resurgence of a once down-and-out South Tampa area, a mega-church has bought a closed Sweetbay supermarket on West Gandy Boulevard for $6 million.  …

    South Tampa mega-church Grace Family Church has bought a closed Sweetbay supermarket on West Gandy Boulevard for $6 million. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]
  3. More Sweetbay conversions announced

    Retail

    Tampa bay More Sweetbay stores to become Winn-Dixies The conversion of Sweetbay supermarkets into Winn-Dixie stores continues in the Tampa Bay area.  …

  4. Rick Baker says he'll get St. Petersburg back on track

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG— Former mayor Rick Baker says he wants to return to his old job because he fears the city's upward trajectory is in danger of plummeting because of reckless spending and poor management. …

     Rick Baker, candidate for St. Petersburg Mayor, talks to the Times Editorial Board, 7/13/17.
  5. Criticisms on Sweetbay miss the mark

    Columns

    Editor's note: St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster responds to an editorial published Thursday, "Foster's credibility problem."  …

  6. Maria Scruggs touts her experience in St. Pete's District 6 council race

    Bay Buzz

    ST. PETERSBURG — Maria Scruggs, one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat, joked that she's the grandmother of the group of younger rivals, with one exception.  …

    Maria L. Scruggs, president of the St. Petersburg NAACP branch, is running for the City Council District 6 seat.
  7. Winn-Dixie readies to rebrand Sweetbay stores

    Retail

    Say goodbye to Sweetbay supermarkets. Months after Bi-Lo Holdings announced it was buying the Sweetbay stores and converting them into Winn-Dixies, the end is finally here. …

  8. $200 million later, why are St. Pete's poor black neighborhoods worse off?

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — The predominantly black, high-poverty neighborhoods south of Central Avenue have long attracted politicians courting voters with plans to turn them around. …

    An empty supermarket in Midtown's Tangerine Plaza in St. Petersburg on Thursday, August 3, 2017. The grocer's closure leaves the area without a major chain supermarket.
  9. CEO of Winn-Dixie's parent company steps down

    Retail

    Ian McLeod has resigned as president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, the Jacksonville-based parent company of Winn-Dixie grocery stores.  …

    Ian McLeod, is stepping down as the CEO of the parent company of Winn-Dixie. [Photo courtesy of Southeastern Grocers]
  10. Sweetbay will not keep Midtown store open

    Localgovernment

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sweetbay Supermarket will not extend the closing date for the Midtown store. Company officials met with Mayor Bill Foster and the store landlord Tuesday evening in Gainesville. Foster and Larry Newsome made pitches to keep the store open for another six months. …

  11. Leaders vow to keep Sweetbay in Midtown

    Localgovernment

    ST. PETERSBURG — They met as one in the parking lot of the Sweetbay Supermarket to reassure a community often resigned to defeat. …

    St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, flanked by Pinellas School Board member Rene Flowers and state Rep. Darryl Rouson, talks on Monday about the closing of the Sweetbay Market in Tangerine Plaza, Midtown’s only supermarket. 
  12. Converting Sweetbay stores into Winn-Dixies a 'Herculean' effort

    Retail

    When Winn-Dixie's parent company announced it was buying Sweetbay supermarkets and turning them into Winn-Dixie stores, customers had two big questions: Are you keeping the employees? And will the pretzels, pineapples and other products stay in the same place? Winn-Dixie said yes to both. …

    Joey Medina, regional vice president of Winn-Dixie, visits the old Sweetbay location at 7491 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Bi-Lo Holdings, Winn-Dixie’s Jacksonville-based parent company, is converting 72 Sweetbays into Winn-Dixies. 
  13. Three Seffner stores affected by Winn-Dixie's rebranding of Sweetbays

    Retail

    SEFFNER — The city's busiest retail area will transform over the next two weeks thanks to a grocery store acquisition that will lead to changes for customers, employers and adjacent retailers. …

    Winn-Dixie store manager Ricky Iaria scans steaks earlier this week. He says none of the store’s employees will lose their jobs.
  14. 17 more Sweetbay stores to convert to Winn-Dixie

    Retail

    Seventeen Sweetbay grocery stores in the Tampa, Brandon and Zephyrhills areas will close April 5 and reopen April 11 as Winn-Dixie stores, parent company Bi-Lo Holdings said Friday. …

    Seventeen Sweetbay grocery stores in the Tampa, Brandon and Zephyrhills areas will close April 5 and reopen April 11 as Winn-Dixie stores, parent company Bi-Lo Holdings said Friday.
  15. 16 Sweetbay stores to close for a week, reopen as Winn-Dixies

    Retail

    Sixteen Tampa Bay area Sweetbay stores will close on March 29 and reopen April 4 as Winn-Dixie stores, parent company Bi-Lo Holdings LLC announced Wednesday.  …

  16. Is Winn-Dixie destined to take over empty Sweetbays?

    Briefs

    Midtown is enjoying the arrival of a Walmart where a Sweetbay was, but four other south Pinellas shopping centers are still waiting to fill the void a year after the grocery stores closed. …

    The Sweetbay space in Skyway Plaza at 955 62nd Ave. S remains empty. The parent company of Winn-Dixie has said it will reopen some former Sweetbays as Winn-Dixies, but the company isn’t saying which ones.
  17. Report: Sweetbay grocery chain may be on the sales block

    Retail

    The Sweetbay supermarket chain based in Tampa may be put up for sale by Belgian owner Delhaize Group as it continues to cut costs in the United States, Reuters reported. …

  18. Sweetbay closings leave some small businesses hurting

    Retail

    BRANDON …

    Stacy Lester, co-owner of the Clubhouse Sports Cafe in Brandon, puts up an order of chicken wings. Because staff has shrunk to 10 from 25, she’s now working in the kitchen.
  19. Sweetbay selling only seafood from sustainable sources

    Retail

    TAMPA — Sweetbay Supermarket is now selling only seafood caught and farmed in sustainable ways to help ensure the long-term survival of the species. …

  20. Mayor Foster: Midtown Sweetbay to be replaced... by December

    Bay Buzz

    Speaking on a panel Tuesday night, St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster said he believes Sweetbay will find a new grocery store to take its vacated Midtown spot before the calendar runs out. …

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