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  1. Walmart is pulling out of St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Walmart is closing its Neighborhood Market in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood, reigniting a 20-year struggle to keep a grocery store in the underserved area. …

     Shoppers and Walmart employees attend a grand opening ceremony Jan. 29. 2014 for a new store in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood. On Tuesday, Walmart confirmed the store will close March 3.
[SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
  2. 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. …

  3. Sweetbay's exiting Midtown: Does anybody really know what's going on?

    Venture

    Sweetbay's much heralded Midtown store will close in February as part of the supermarket's major cutback in the Tampa Bay area. Photo: Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times. …

  4. DeWitt: Low price of gym memberships might cost Hernando YMCA

    Business

    The facilities at the new Planet Fitness on Spring Hill Drive are eye-popping, the prices even more so. …

    Jason Kurman lifts a dumbbell from the rack while working out at the new Planet Fitness in Spring Hill at the site of a former Sweetbay Supermarket.
  5. First Sweetbay, now Publix pass on urban grocery stores on different sides of Tampa Bay

    Venture

    The Encore urban redevelopment project sits on downtown Tampa's northeast corner and is still under construction. The site for a grocery store sits on the left side of the large development square, along Nebraska Ave., now shown as a grassy rectangle. Photo courtesy of Encore.  …

  6. Sweetbay store closings driven by Publix, Wal-Mart pressure, sagging parent company performance

    Venture

    Belgium-based Delhaize Group owns Sweetbay Supermarket, among other regional chains, in the United States but has watched the company stock price fall dramatically in 2012. Now it's tightening up and closing underperforming stores. It trades as DEG on the New York Stock Exchange. …

  7. Two dead in Thonotosassa crash with Sweetbay semitrailer

    Accidents

    THONOTOSASSA — Two people are dead after their car collided head-on with a Sweetbay semitrailer on U.S. 301 near the Pasco County line Monday morning. …

  8. Chief leads Sweetbay through era of rising food prices, heated competition

    Retail

    Mike Vail was a key player in the leadership team that transformed the 105-store Kash n' Karry Food Stores into a more upscale Sweetbay Supermarket for its Belgian owners.  …

    Mike Vail shows off the latest Sweetbay, which moved into a former Publix in East Lake Woodlands after Publix took over an old Albertsons. Frugality is the big new thing, he says. 
  9. Sweetbay to close Land O'Lakes store Aug. 1

    Business

    LAND O'LAKES — Sweetbay is out, Beall's Outlet is in. …

  10. St. Petersburg police seek masked man who robbed Sweetbay at knifepoint

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police are looking for a masked man who robbed a grocery store at knifepoint early Sunday. …

  11. Pinellas Park to land its first Sweetbay supermarket

    Business

    PINELLAS PARK — At long last, a Sweetbay supermarket is coming to this town, making it the last of Pinellas County's largest cities to be home to that grocery brand. …

  12. Sweetbay doors blocked with mulch

    Bizarre News

       Sounds like someone has a grudge against Sweetbay.    Someone cut open 20 bags of mulch that were outside an Ellenton grocery store then spread the mulch in front of a set of electronic doors, according to BradentonHerald.com.    The estimated damage was $43.

  13. St. Petersburg City Council agrees to spend $2.2 million to save Midtown's Tangerine Plaza

    Localgovernment

    Amid calls for greater transparency from Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration, St. Petersburg City Council voted unanimously to spend $2.2 million to protect taxpayers from losing their investment in Midtown's Tangerine Plaza. …

  14. Sweetbay Supports Moms collection raises $21,431 in baby items

    Humaninterest

    Sweetbay Supermarket announces its Sweetbay Supports Moms program raised $21,431 in essential baby items like baby food, formula and diapers through drives held in all 104 Sweetbay stores. Thanks to help from local community members during these drives, Sweetbay will donate a matching dollar amount to Junior League-affiliated charities in Sweetbay markets.  …

  15. Sweetbay Supermarket asks seafood suppliers to show they're sustainable

    Retail

    The owners of Sweetbay Supermarket are stepping up their effort to offer seafood raised and harvested by sustainable practices.  …

  16. Sweetbay Supermarket switches to boutique Tampa ad agency

    Retail

    When you're chasing powerhouses like Publix and Wal-Mart and when newcomer Aldi is expanding with no-nonsense prices … Who ya gonna call? …

  17. Plant City Sweetbay manager earns national recognition

    Retail

    Henry Falcon, manager of the Sweetbay Supermarket in Plant City, was named a grand finalist this week in the Food Marketing Institute's 10th annual store manager awards in Dallas. Falcon won in the category for companies with 50 to 199 stores. …

  18. Sweetbay CEO resigns

    Retail

    Shelley Broader, the 43-year-old architect behind the transformation of Kash n' Karry Food Stores into Sweetbay Supermarket, on Wednesday abruptly announced her resignation to surprised staffers. …

  19. Health, wellness fair Saturday; Sweetbay celebrates Black History Month

    Business

    St. Pete Beach Health, wellness fair for all ages set for Saturday …

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