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  1. 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.  …

  2. 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. …

  3. 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. …

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.  …

  7. 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.
  8. Valrico man uses dead person's name to sell scrap metal, sheriff's officials say

    Publicsafety

    VALRICO — A Valrico man was charged with using a dead man's name to sell stolen metal for scrap, Hillsborough sheriff's officials said.  …

  9. 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."  …

  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. 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.  …

  13. 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. …

  14. Sweetbay grocery chain to become Winn-Dixie stores

    Retail

    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. …

  15. Buyer of Sweetbay grocery chain plans public stock offering

    Retail

    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. …

  16. 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.
  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. …

    When it opened, Midtown residents marveled at finally getting a chain grocery store in their neighborhood.

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