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Winn-Dixie pledged to remodel stores. It's finished 79, with four more coming to Tampa Bay

Shoppers look through the aisles of the remodeled Winn-Dixie at 805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Tampa. The chain has four more remodels slated locally over the next four weeks. (Courtesy of Winn-Dixie, July 19, 2018)
Shoppers look through the aisles of the remodeled Winn-Dixie at 805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Tampa. The chain has four more remodels slated locally over the next four weeks. (Courtesy of Winn-Dixie, July 19, 2018)
Published Oct. 5, 2018

A handful more of Tampa Bay's Winn-Dixie stores are about to swap tan tile floors and dated yellow walls for the refreshed look the chain's parent company has been pushing since emerging from bankruptcy.

One of the most recent makeovers was at the store on State Road 54 in New Port Richey, which reopened on Thursday.

In the next four weeks, four more Tampa Bay locations — including the first in Pinellas County — will get the same major face lift. So far, 79 of Winn-Dixie's 377 stores have been remodeled.

CEO of parent company Southeastern Grocers Anthony Hucker said 100 store make overs will be completed by the end of the year.

"We are planning a significant number of remodels in 2019 as well, and the locations will be revealed once they are confirmed," Hucker said in a statement. "We are always focused on investing back into the communities we serve to provide a great shopping experience our customers can always count on."

In addition to Winn-Dixie, Southeastern Grocers owns about 200 other locations made up of its other brands: Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and BI-LO.

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After closing roughly 100 stores and coming out of bankruptcy in May, Hucker pledged the chain would focus on updating its existing locations.

Nine Tampa Bay locations have already been remodeled. Next up are locations in Pinellas Park, Seminole, Tampa and Plant City.

The new stores feature modern signs, expanded produce and prepared foods, and updated deli and bakery departments.

Some will have the Dollar Shop — like Fresco's Dollar Zona — with more than 600 everyday items.

Stores don't typically close down during their remodel phases, as crews work through the night adding the upgrades and new product assortment.

Each store has a ribbon-cutting ceremony early before its grand opening, where shoppers can scored free gift cards between $5 and $500.

At New Port Richey's opening, customers got to sample prepared foods and dance to live music performed by Gulf High School's Buccaneer Band.

Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com. Follow @sara_dinatale.

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