It's Official: Winn-Dixie, Harveys Parent Company Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Mar 27, 2018

The operator of supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Harveys filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday to restructure its debt.  

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers says it plans to close 94 underperforming stores, including six stores in North Florida and Southeast Georgia.  

It will continue operating 582 stores in seven states under the brands Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harveys and Fresco y Mas.

Area stores that will close are:

  • Harveys, 3000 Dunn Ave.,  Jacksonville
  • Harveys,  1012 Edgewood Ave. N. , Jacksonville
  • Winn-Dixie, 9866 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville
  • Winn-Dixie, 248 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park
  • Winn-Dixie, 510 Tebeau St. , Waycross, Ga.
  • Winn-Dixie, 2002 SW 34th St., Gainesville

Related: Complete list of stores that will be closed

The company has been operating nearly 500 Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi.  

The three month financial restructuring is expected to reduce Southeastern Grocers’ debt by $500 million.

Supermarkets have been hurt by growing competition, and delivery services increasingly offered by big box stores, including Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

Amazon also offers Whole Foods delivery service in six cities after purchasing the chain last year.

In Jacksonville, the Whole Foods Market at 10601 San Jose Boulevard is  is currently offering home delivery via instacart.com.

Whole Foods Market is proposing to renovate its only Jacksonville location, updating much of the Mandarin store’s food-service areas in an almost $643,000 project, according to our Daily Record news partner.