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The latest updates:

April 19:
Southeastern Grocers has begun announcing several more store sales, among locations that were not previously announced as being marked for sale or closure. Click here to see the latest continuously-updated list of affected stores.

March 27:
As planned, Southeastern Grocers officially filed for bankruptcy this morning. The company expressed optimism that it will successfully emerge from the process, after restructuring debt and closing stores that “are in regions over-saturated with competition” and are “a financial drain” on the company. The list of store closings has declined by nine, however. Three Harveys stores and six Winn-Dixie locations that were previously identified as being marked for closure, have instead been sold to new owners, along with 30 additional stores not marked for closure that were sold prior to the bankruptcy filing. The list of store closings below has been updated to shift those nine stores from “closing” to “sold”.

March 16 (original story):
Another day, another retail bankruptcy. This time, it’s Southeastern Grocers, the owner of BI-LO, Winn-Dixie, Harveys and the Hispanic chain Fresco y Más. The company on Thursday confirmed long-standing rumors of an imminent bankruptcy filing, making a preemptive announcement that it would file for bankruptcy later this month – and close 94 of its 676 stores.

Affected are 45 “underperforming” Winn-Dixie locations, 26 Harveys stores, 22 BI-LO locations and a single Fresco store, spread across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina (see the full list below).

Ahead of its planned bankruptcy filing, Southeastern Grocers announced it has reached a financial restructuring agreement with creditors “that will position the company for long-term financial health”.

“We will work through this process as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Southeastern Grocers President and CEO Anthony Hucker said in a statement. “We are excited to emerge with the optimal store footprint and greater financial flexibility.”

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The “optimal store footprint” is, of course, a euphemism for a fleet of stores that doesn’t include any losers. The company has been working to refresh and renovate many of its stores, so shuttering some of its oldest, more tired locations will make the remaining stores look that much better. In fact, among the stores to be closed are several former Winn-Dixie and BI-LO locations that were recently transformed into Harveys or Fresco in an attempt to give them a new lease on life.

On Consumer Reports’ most recent list of the country’s best and worst grocery chains, Winn-Dixie was named the tenth worst, with BI-LO faring only slightly better.

But the company has been trying to right the ship in recent years. It’s implemented store-wide price cuts at BI-LO and Winn-Dixie, evolved and expanded Harveys into a no-frills discount grocer, and outsourced the stores’ previous loyalty programs to American Express-run Plenti. Some of those efforts have been more successful than others – Southeastern Grocers is one of the last remaining participants of the slowly crumbling Plenti coalition loyalty program, which has looked to be on its last legs for quite some time.

Like Tops Friendly Markets, which filed for bankruptcy last month, and Farm Fresh, which owner Supervalu said this week it would wind down, Southeastern Grocers’ traditional, middle-of-the-road stores have found themselves caught between rapidly-growing deep discounters and higher-end competitors, not to mention new challenges from Amazon’s entry into the business and the expansion of online grocery services.

It doesn’t help that the company is deeply in debt, either. Details about the depth of the company’s financial woes, and its plans to restructure its debts, won’t be known until it actually files for bankruptcy. It’s also possible that the company could end up selling or closing more stores before it emerges from the restructuring process.

For the time being, the company is expressing optimism about its future. “We will continue to thrive with 582 successful stores in operation and will continue to deliver a store experience our associates, customers and communities can count on,” Southeastern Grocers said. It predicted the company would emerge from its restructuring process within 90 days, better positioning it to “create stunning, remodeled stores in a significant portion of our footprint” and providing customers with “fresh, new concepts and products to cater to the local tastes and needs of the neighborhoods we serve.”

But shoppers and employees of at least 94 stores won’t be able to reap the benefits of that transformation. What follows is a list of the stores to be closed in the coming weeks and months – and with any luck, the list won’t grow before this whole process is over.

UPDATE: STORES PREVIOUSLY SET TO CLOSE, NOW SOLD TO NEW OWNERS:

StoreAddressCityState
Harveys400 West 4Th St.AdelGA
Harveys506F Spaulding Rd.MontezumaGA
Harveys1209 1St Ave. SoutheastMoultrieGA
Winn-Dixie2495 Hwy 431AnnistonAL
Winn-Dixie2220 Bessemer RoadBirminghamAL
Winn-DixieHwy 59 And 16Th AvenueGulf ShoresAL
Winn-Dixie21951 D Hwy 59RobertsdaleAL
Winn-Dixie6301 County Line Rd.MiramarFL
Winn-Dixie7139 W Broward BlvdPlantationFL

BI-LO STORES TO CLOSE:

AddressCityState
2142 E. Victory DriveSavannahGA
205 NC Highway 9Black MountainNC
595 Us 601 Bypass SouthConcordNC
2204 Union RdGastoniaNC
1955 Davis Park RoadGastoniaNC
427 North Generals Blvd.LincolntonNC
1555 E. Union StreetMorgantonNC
9101 Matthews-PinevillePinevilleNC
1706 E. Greenville St.AndersonSC
3386 Railroad AveBambergSC
10560 Dunbarton BlvdBarnwellSC
501 Old Greenville HwyClemsonSC
1818 Woodruff Rd.GreenvilleSC
9616 Hwy 78LadsonSC
774 South Shelmore BlvdMount PleasantSC
208 E. Mcintyre St.MullinsSC
4391 Dorchester RdNorth CharlestonSC
115 Rochester Hwy.SenecaSC
140 Fernwood Dr.SpartanburgSC
615 Harry C Raysor Dr SSt MatthewsSC
1452 Boone Hill RoadSummervilleSC
2587 Jefferson Davis HwyWarrenvilleSC

FRESCO STORE TO CLOSE:

AddressCityState
2675 S. Military TrailWest Palm BeachFL

HARVEYS STORES TO CLOSE:

AddressCityState
3000 Dunn AvenueJacksonvilleFL
1012 Edgewood Ave. NJacksonvilleFL
2722 N. Pine Hills RdOrlandoFL
2525 E. Hillsboro AvenueTampaFL
1000 First Ave. NeCairoGA
68 North Scott StreetCamillaGA
140 West Dykes St.CochranGA
279 S. Main St.DawsonGA
1945 Veterans BlvdDublinGA
202 Vineville St.Fort ValleyGA
1553 Us 19 SouthLeesburgGA
1605 Shurling Dr.MaconGA
415 North Irwin Ave.OcillaGA
Ga Hwy 112 & Azalea TrailSylvesterGA
306 Smith Ave.ThomasvilleGA
510 Tebeau St.WaycrossGA
6320 Albemarle RoadCharlotteNC
4430 The PlazaCharlotteNC
3315-B Broad River Rd.ColumbiaSC
2230 Decker Blvd.ColumbiaSC
3900-B. N. Main StreetColumbiaSC
714 Bypass 25 NeGreenwoodSC
1937 Wilson RoadNewberrySC

WINN-DIXIE STORES TO CLOSE:

AddressCityState
3075 Us Hwy 98DaphneAL
3850 W. Main StreetDothanAL
2131 Ross Clark CircleDothanAL
2502 Schillinger Rd SMobileAL
1134 South Alabama Ave.MonroevilleAL
3881 Atlanta HighwayMontgomeryAL
6180 Us Highway 41 NApollo BeachFL
10026 Coconut Rd.Bonita SpringsFL
3500 53Rd Ave. WestBradentonFL
2581 North Hiatus RoadCooper CityFL
2701 S. Woodland Blvd.DelandFL
18731 Three Oaks ParkwayFort MyersFL
8650 Gladiolus DriveFort MyersFL
2002 SW 34Th StGainesvilleFL
9866 Baymeadows RoadJacksonvilleFL
6707 West Indiantown RoadJupiterFL
3757 Military TrailJupiterFL
1347 E Vine StKissimmeeFL
2126 Collier ParkwayLand O’ LakesFL
4417 Nw Blitchton RoadOcalaFL
8445 Sw Hwy 200, Ste #131OcalaFL
248 Blanding Blvd.Orange ParkFL
4686 E Michigan StreetOrlandoFL
277 S Pompano ParkwayPompano BeachFL
7625 Blind Pass RoadSaint PetersburgFL
3301 17Th StreetSarasotaFL
1325 S. Tamimi TrailSarasotaFL
2881 Clark RoadSarasotaFL
2160 S. Federal HighwayStuartFL
3813-10 N. Monroe StreetTallahasseeFL
1525 West Tharpe StreetTallahasseeFL
7015 N. University DriveTamaracFL
2525 N. Dale MabryTampaFL
4317 Gandy BlvdTampaFL
5750 Milgen RoadColumbusGA
4036 Bemiss Rd.ValdostaGA
1105 Madison HighwayValdostaGA
619 N. Causeway Blvd.MandevilleLA
2384 Pass Rd.BiloxiMS

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