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Three St. Pete Sweetbay Grocery Stores to Close

The trio are among 33 'under performing' stores across Florida slated to shut down for good.

Three St. Petersburg Sweetbay grocery stores will close before the end of February, the company announced late Wednesday night. 

The St. Pete stores are among 33 "underperforming" locations in Florida that will soon close. 

St. Pete Stores to Close:

  • 6095 9th Ave. N 
  • 955 62nd Ave. S  
  • 1794 22nd St. S 

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. 

According to the report, "We announce today store closures, the majority of which will occur at Sweetbay. This will result in approximately €130 million store closing expenses and related impairments of which €80 million will be incurred in 2013."

“We remain determined to accelerate the transformation of our business," Pierre-Olivier Beckers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group said in a news release. "In 2013, our focus will be on further strengthening our store brands, accelerating revenue growth, maintaining strict cost control and generating free cash flow.”

LeBeau, according to Bay News 9, said that "While these decisions are difficult, especially given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, these actions will continue to enhance the performance of our overall store portfolio and further enable us to deliver profitable growth and accelerate shareholder value." 

Steve January 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Not a surprise,,,,the stores (and some of their others) are virtually empty. Their weekly sales are nothing special, and their website makes it virtually impossible to build a decent shopping list for the week. Always sorry to see competition to WalMart go, but SweetBay has some things to do if it wishes to stay in business, at all.
Oliver Katt January 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Well well well. One of those stores is the much-touted Midtown grocery. Their parking lot is almost always mostly empty. I wondered how long it would be before Sweetbay figured out it made a mistake. As for 62nd Avenue S., the staff is rude and the whole complex is noisy and messy.
Jeanni L. Stewart January 17, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I am sad to hear of any business closing, as it means more people without jobs. Sorry to also hear of poor training and standards at the Sweetbays that Steve and Oliver have shopped at. Here is hoping that those let go by Sweetbay find jobs easily and are trained well at their new positions.
philessense January 17, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Sad that my store in Pasadena is closing. It's a wonderful store, but not busy. I hate the Publix across the street (dunno why) so I guess I'll go to Publix on South 34th St.
DALE FRANKENBERG January 17, 2013 at 07:20 PM
More evidence that PUBLIX is again the winner because of be BOGO SPECIALS and the best customer service.
Concerned Floridian January 17, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Sharing your concern regarding folks who will lose their jobs.
Londa Stephens January 18, 2013 at 01:21 AM
This sucks bcuz my grandfather will be without a damn job!!! Ugh!!! Sick ass economy!!!
Gwen Thomas January 19, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Who says Pasadena is closing? Maybe the hours are a little shorter, but this store isn't mentioned above...I like the Pasadena store, and it always seems busy when I'm there.
Dennis Manske January 30, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Delhaize is presently running Hannafords down I guess they will be next. Store managers not happy that inventory is being limited and items are out of stock a lot. As a shopper, I'm getting real unimpressed with them.

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