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  1. Tangerine Plaza sold at auction, setting stage for St. Petersburg to take control of shopping center

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is one step closer to taking over ownership of Tangerine Plaza, the Midtown commercial development that has seen two grocery stores fail in the last three years. …

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Midtown's Tangerine Plaza closed Monday in April. On Wednesday, a creditor of the developer bought the leaseholding rights to the plaza for what is believed to be about $2 million. It's the first step of a complicated deal that should see St. Petersburg eventually take control of the troubled plaza. [LAVENDRICK SMITH  |  Times]
  2. 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. …

    This empty commercial space was once occupied by a Sweetbay Supermarket at 1943 Alt. U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  3. 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]
  4. 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.  …

  5. Chasing a Midtown supermarket, St. Pete mayors missed signs of trouble

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — For the past 15 years, a key issue in mayoral elections has been the success of a single grocery store in the low-income, predominantly black Midtown community.  …

    A customer surveys the cold drink selection at Three Brothers Groceries in St. Petersburg. Similar markets dot Midtown, where larger chain grocery stores have struggled.
  6. After Walmart's exit, what's next for plaza in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood?

    Localgovernment

    ST. PETERSBURG — A local food co-op. A roller-skating rink. A food court. A flea market. An Applebee's restaurant. A Publix grocery store. …

    Customers check out with their groceries during the grand opening at the Walmart in the St. Petersburg Midtown neighborhood in January 2014. [Times files]
  7. Midtown grocery store intersects with St. Petersburg's mayoral politics

    Bay Buzz

    ST. PETERSBURG — Reaction to Sunday's Tampa Bay Times story about the troubled history of Tangerine Plaza has elicited strong opinions from current and former mayoral administrations. …

  8. Midtown Walmart grocery store closes a month early, limits options for residents

    Localgovernment

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Walmart Neighborhood Market in St. Petersburg's Tangerine Plaza closed its doors to the city's Midtown residents for good on Monday, a month ahead of schedule. …

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Midtown’s Tangerine Plaza announced its closing last month due to struggling sales.
  9. 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. …

  10. 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."  …

  11. 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. …

  12. 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. 
  13. 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. …

  14. 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. …

    The Winn-Dixie at 725 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Seffner will close after the transformation of a nearby Sweetbay.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.  …

  17. 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.
  18. 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. …

  19. Sweetbay closings leave some small businesses hurting

    Retail

    BRANDON …

    The Clubhouse Sports Cafe in Brandon is nearly empty around lunchtime Thursday. Business was hurt after the nearby Sweetbay closed.
  20. 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. …

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