Southeastern Grocers, which is a parent company of grocery stores operating in seven states, including Winn-Dixie, announced its decision on Thursday.
As part of the restructuring Southeastern Grocers said it will close 94 underperforming stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and SC.
The store at 619 N. Causeway Blvd. is the only Winn-Dixie store in Louisiana being closed, according to Joe Caldwell, corporate communications manager for Southeastern Grocers, the chain's parent company.
None of the BI-LO stores in Greer will be closed.
Like Tops Markets, which recently filed for bankruptcy, Southeastern Grocers wants to get out from under a mountain of debt and effectively invest in its business.
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But Winn-Dixie on Friday emailed some "loyal" customers, stating that stores would close on or before April 30.
Southeastern said it will file its Chapter 11 petitions in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of DE by the end of March. The Jacksonville, Florida-based company did not disclose when it would shutter those locations.
"That's really sad to hear because there's not another grocery store really close", said Hart. The company statement said it hopes to "work through this process as quickly and efficiently as possible" within the next 90 days.
The store closures are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and SC. In the last three years, the company has changed leaders twice, revamped its pricing policy and changed its employee loyalty program while rebranding some of its stores and closing others.
The store on Dale Mabry Boulevard near I-275 is on the list of "underperforming" stores that will close as part of a bankruptcy deal.