Carrollwood Area Sweetbays Closing

The closings will take place in February.

Several local Sweetbay Supermarkets are among 33 under-performing stores in Florida scheduled to close in February, the grocer's parent company announced Wednesday.

The stores are at:

  • 4519 Gunn Highway, Tampa
  • 5320 Ehrlich Road, Tampa

According to TBO, around 2,000 people will lose their jobs in Florida as a result of the closings. 

"They are simply underperforming stores," said Sweetbay spokeswoman Nicole LeBeau. "Some of them, the leases were coming up, and just based on the sales of the stores they were selected."

The Delhaize Group, which owns Sweetbay, made the announcement Wednesday as it released its 2012 annual report. 

Other stores in the region closing are:

  • 10617 Sheldon Road, Tampa
  • 17605 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa

What do you think about the closings? Will you miss Sweetbay? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Sherri Lonon January 17, 2013 at 03:54 PM
What would you all like to see go into these spots?
www.grindtimeonline.com January 17, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Sweetbay was bought out by Krogers.
Katy January 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Would like to see Krogers instead of the Sweetbay on Gunn. I have been in Krogers in Virginia and they have a great wide spectrum of food stuff to choose from as well as prepared fresh foods to take home and enjoy that day. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Claudia January 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I agree with Katy's first message....sad that it's affecting so many jobs, but I never liked shopping at any Sweet Bay. They always seemed empty and had very few bargains. I love Publix too.....have great bogo specials and mark downs and a great selection. Publix is a quality store and Sweet Bay wasn't!
Dean S. Robinson January 24, 2013 at 02:49 PM
It's a very competitive field. Sweetbay was up against Publix, not so much Walmart. However, Publix - "where shopping is a pleasure" - knows that they can charge higher prices, to cover the nicer overhead. Sweetbay, on the other hand, was just a marginally cleaner Kash-n-Karry. I used the one at Gunn & Casey as a convenience only. For nearly sixteen years I've driven past it to hit the Publix at Anderson & Gunn. I hate that those employees are losing their positions, but I would think that another grocery store would probably use those spaces. And the reaons Publix succeeds is because there are still people who consider the experience of shopping, not just price (e.g. WalMart).


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