The bankrupt supermarket chain Winn Dixie says it will close about one-third of its stores, resulting in the loss of 22,000 of its 78,000 jobs. Under the proposed reorganization plan, the Jacksonville, Florida, based chain says more than 300 stores will be closed.
The company currently operates in nine states in the southeast and the Bahamas. The company will be pulling out of four states altogether. It had filed for bankruptcy in February. Like other traditional grocery chains, Winn Dixie has been struggling with increased competition, particularly from new power-players in the market place, like Wal-Mart and Target.
According to the grocery chain's website, the only stores to close or go up for sale in the Wiregrass area are the Winn Dixies on 231 in Ozark, in Troy at 1225 Franklin and in Opp at 511 East Cummings Avenue.