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  1. More Sweetbay conversions announced


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

  2. Winn-Dixie readies to rebrand Sweetbay stores


    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. …

  3. Converting Sweetbay stores into Winn-Dixies a 'Herculean' effort


    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. 
  4. Three Seffner stores affected by Winn-Dixie's rebranding of Sweetbays


    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.
  5. 17 more Sweetbay stores to convert to Winn-Dixie


    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.
  6. 16 Sweetbay stores to close for a week, reopen as Winn-Dixies


    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.  …

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


    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. …

    When the anchor pulled out, other stores did, too.
  8. Criticisms on Sweetbay miss the mark


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

  9. Sweetbay will not keep Midtown store open


    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. …

  10. Leaders vow to keep Sweetbay in Midtown


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


    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.  …

  12. Report: Sweetbay grocery chain may be on the sales block


    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. …

  13. Sweetbay grocery chain to become Winn-Dixie stores


    After nearly 10 years, the Sweetbay grocery store name is going away. Bi-Lo Holdings, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and soon-to-be owner of Sweetbay Supermarket, said Tuesday that it will retire the Sweetbay name and convert the stores to the Winn-Dixie brand. …

  14. Buyer of Sweetbay grocery chain plans public stock offering


    Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores and the buyer of Tampa's Sweetbay Supermarket chain, plans to go public with an initial public offering of stock under the name Southeastern Grocers LLC. The company expects to close by early 2014 on its purchase of 155 stores of Sweetbay and other chains from Delhaize Group. Last year, Bi-Lo Holdings reported net income of $103.1 million on sales of $8.6 billion. It currently operates 685 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. …

  15. Sweetbay closings leave some small businesses hurting



    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. 
  16. Sweetbay selling only seafood from sustainable sources


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

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

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    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. …

  18. Sweetbay shopper teams up with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings


    Sweetbay held its fourth annual Shop With a Player event Wednesday at 13508 N Florida Ave. in Tampa. Queen Matthews teamed up with Tampa Bay Rays player Desmond Jennings, and they raced to fill carts with $1,000 in groceries in 10 minutes. Matthews said the groceries would feed kids at a community center where she works. Jennings presented a $1,000 check, donated by Pepsi, to the Rays Baseball Foundation to aid the Dugout Clubs, a community outreach program.

    Queen Matthews cheers Wednesday after hugging Rays centerfielder Desmond Jennings at a Sweetbay shopping spree.
  19. Sweetbay stores to close a week before deadline


    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. Now a private company, Sweetbay Supermarket's new owner looks to go public


    The new owner of Tampa-based Sweetbay Supermarket plans to become a public company. According to Reuters, Jacksonville's Bi-Lo Holdings, the nation's ninth-largest traditional supermarket chain, is working toward an initial public offering later this year and has tapped banks to lead the deal. …

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