Lakewood Ranch, FL

Residents Reel as Popular Grocery Store Announces Shock Closure

Ash Jurberg

The grocery industry continues to experience challenging times, as yet another store in Florida is forced to close.
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It has been a tough few months for the retail grocery industry. Big chains such as Walmart and Target have been forced to close stores.

Now popular grocery chain Winn-Dixie has joined the growing list of store closures with the announcement they will be closing their store at 11525 State Road 70 East, Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The store, which has been open for less than three years, took over the location from Earth Fare supermarket, which also closed due to financial issues.

The company issued a statement explaining the decision.

"We have made the difficult decision to close the Winn-Dixie store located at 11525 State Road 70 East in Lakewood Ranch. While we understand that closing this store will impact the local community, we want to assure you this decision was not made lightly. All store associates who wish to continue employment with Winn-Dixie have been offered positions at nearby locations. The Lakewood Ranch Winn-Dixie store will be working hard to continue delivering the great service and value our customers have come to expect until the time of closure in April.”

The store will close on Monday, April 10.

For the latest list of retail store closures in Florida, you can check this article. You can also follow me to keep up to date with all the latest business developments.

Your thoughts

Do any of these store closures affect you? Do you believe the government should offer these businesses more financial support? Are you concerned about those people who will lose their jobs? Should Gov. DeSantis provide financial support to keep Florida retail stores open? Or should it rest with the Biden administration?

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