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  1. 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]
  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. …

    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]
  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. 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. …

  5. Q&A: How did Publix win the battle with Walmart? And what new challengers does it face?

    Retail

    Publix Super Markets is king in Florida. It has survived the Goliath-like Walmart assault, crushed Sweetbay Supermarket and has all but beaten down Winn-Dixie. But a new wave of specialty organic competitors are next to threaten Florida's homegrown grocery store chain. …

    John Crossman thinks Publix will stay on top in Florida.
  6. 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."  …

  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.  …

  11. 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 head of the Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association, Jodi Davis, says she sees folks buying food at dollar stores — nothing fresh.
  12. 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. …

  13. 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. 
  14. 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. …

  15. Sweetbay to lay off 346 as it closes its Tampa headquarters and distribution center

    Retail

    Sweetbay Supermarkets plans to lay off 346 employees at its Tampa headquarters and Plant City distribution center amid the grocery chain's pending sale to Jacksonville-based Bi-Lo Holdings.  …

  16. Sweetbay closings leave some small businesses hurting

    Retail

    BRANDON …

    A shopping cart is abandoned at a Sweetbay that closed in 2009 on Kingsway Road in Brandon. As a result of the closing, fewer people visit the strip mall and businesses have not fared well. 
  17. 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. …

  18. 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. …

  19. Sweetbay stores to close a week before deadline

    Business

    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. …

  20. Loss of Sweetbay store is harsh blow to Midtown community

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Midtown's first supermarket opened with a fanfare this poor neighborhood rarely saw: Employees handed out fresh pineapple and purple balloons, and a line of customers snaked out the door. …

    Sweetbay opened this store at 1794 22nd St. S in 2005, bringing jobs, fresh vegetables and convenience to the struggling Midtown neighborhood. Store employees reacted with dismay when they learned the news of the closing.

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