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Winn-Dixie to close St. Petersburg store on 4th Street N

The store, near a Publix and Target, was under-performing, according to the chain.
A Winn-Dixie store on W Swann Avenue in Tampa. |Times (2017)]
A Winn-Dixie store on W Swann Avenue in Tampa. |Times (2017)]

ST. PETERSBURG — Winn-Dixie’s location at 7489 4th St. N will close next month, according to the store’s parent company, Southeastern Grocers.

The supermarket chain said the store was under-performing and would shutter on or before Feb. 10.

The store is near the Gateway Market Center, which has grocery competitors Publix and Target. Another Winn-Dixie location about 10 minutes away also on 4th Street N, but past Frontage Road, is unaffected and was recently remodeled.

“We do not take these decisions lightly, and only make this tough choice after careful consideration of its impact on our associates and our customers has been made,” Southeastern Grocers senior manager of corporate communications Joe Caldwell said in a statement.

The store will mark down merchandise as it begins to clear out inventory. Caldwell did not say in his statements how many employees may lose their jobs.

Related: Remodeled Winn-Dixie opens in Zephyrhills

Southeastern Grocers closed nearly 100 locations two years ago after filing for bankruptcy. Since, it has invested in the aesthetics and layouts of its top performers while closing a handful of less-frequented locations across the state.