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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”.

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“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.”

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:

Store Address City State
Harveys 400 West 4Th St. Adel GA
Harveys 506F Spaulding Rd. Montezuma GA
Harveys 1209 1St Ave. Southeast Moultrie GA
Winn-Dixie 2495 Hwy 431 Anniston AL
Winn-Dixie 2220 Bessemer Road Birmingham AL
Winn-Dixie Hwy 59 And 16Th Avenue Gulf Shores AL
Winn-Dixie 21951 D Hwy 59 Robertsdale AL
Winn-Dixie 6301 County Line Rd. Miramar FL
Winn-Dixie 7139 W Broward Blvd Plantation FL

BI-LO STORES TO CLOSE:

Address City State
2142 E. Victory Drive Savannah GA
205 NC Highway 9 Black Mountain NC
595 Us 601 Bypass South Concord NC
2204 Union Rd Gastonia NC
1955 Davis Park Road Gastonia NC
427 North Generals Blvd. Lincolnton NC
1555 E. Union Street Morganton NC
9101 Matthews-Pineville Pineville NC
1706 E. Greenville St. Anderson SC
3386 Railroad Ave Bamberg SC
10560 Dunbarton Blvd Barnwell SC
501 Old Greenville Hwy Clemson SC
1818 Woodruff Rd. Greenville SC
9616 Hwy 78 Ladson SC
774 South Shelmore Blvd Mount Pleasant SC
208 E. Mcintyre St. Mullins SC
4391 Dorchester Rd North Charleston SC
115 Rochester Hwy. Seneca SC
140 Fernwood Dr. Spartanburg SC
615 Harry C Raysor Dr S St Matthews SC
1452 Boone Hill Road Summerville SC
2587 Jefferson Davis Hwy Warrenville SC

FRESCO STORE TO CLOSE:

Address City State
2675 S. Military Trail West Palm Beach FL

HARVEYS STORES TO CLOSE:

Address City State
3000 Dunn Avenue Jacksonville FL
1012 Edgewood Ave. N Jacksonville FL
2722 N. Pine Hills Rd Orlando FL
2525 E. Hillsboro Avenue Tampa FL
1000 First Ave. Ne Cairo GA
68 North Scott Street Camilla GA
140 West Dykes St. Cochran GA
279 S. Main St. Dawson GA
1945 Veterans Blvd Dublin GA
202 Vineville St. Fort Valley GA
1553 Us 19 South Leesburg GA
1605 Shurling Dr. Macon GA
415 North Irwin Ave. Ocilla GA
Ga Hwy 112 & Azalea Trail Sylvester GA
306 Smith Ave. Thomasville GA
510 Tebeau St. Waycross GA
6320 Albemarle Road Charlotte NC
4430 The Plaza Charlotte NC
3315-B Broad River Rd. Columbia SC
2230 Decker Blvd. Columbia SC
3900-B. N. Main Street Columbia SC
714 Bypass 25 Ne Greenwood SC
1937 Wilson Road Newberry SC

WINN-DIXIE STORES TO CLOSE:

Address City State
3075 Us Hwy 98 Daphne AL
3850 W. Main Street Dothan AL
2131 Ross Clark Circle Dothan AL
2502 Schillinger Rd S Mobile AL
1134 South Alabama Ave. Monroeville AL
3881 Atlanta Highway Montgomery AL
6180 Us Highway 41 N Apollo Beach FL
10026 Coconut Rd. Bonita Springs FL
3500 53Rd Ave. West Bradenton FL
2581 North Hiatus Road Cooper City FL
2701 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland FL
18731 Three Oaks Parkway Fort Myers FL
8650 Gladiolus Drive Fort Myers FL
2002 SW 34Th St Gainesville FL
9866 Baymeadows Road Jacksonville FL
6707 West Indiantown Road Jupiter FL
3757 Military Trail Jupiter FL
1347 E Vine St Kissimmee FL
2126 Collier Parkway Land O’ Lakes FL
4417 Nw Blitchton Road Ocala FL
8445 Sw Hwy 200, Ste #131 Ocala FL
248 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park FL
4686 E Michigan Street Orlando FL
277 S Pompano Parkway Pompano Beach FL
7625 Blind Pass Road Saint Petersburg FL
3301 17Th Street Sarasota FL
1325 S. Tamimi Trail Sarasota FL
2881 Clark Road Sarasota FL
2160 S. Federal Highway Stuart FL
3813-10 N. Monroe Street Tallahassee FL
1525 West Tharpe Street Tallahassee FL
7015 N. University Drive Tamarac FL
2525 N. Dale Mabry Tampa FL
4317 Gandy Blvd Tampa FL
5750 Milgen Road Columbus GA
4036 Bemiss Rd. Valdosta GA
1105 Madison Highway Valdosta GA
619 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville LA
2384 Pass Rd. Biloxi MS

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