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Here's What Might Happen to Empty Lucky's Market, Earth Fare Grocery Stores in Florida

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In a statement, Southeastern Grocers' CEO Anthony Hucker said Winn-Dixie was "deeply rooted in Florida, and we are proud to expand our footprint and enhance our presence throughout the state."

Southeastern Grocers says it has purchased eight former Lucky’s Market and Earth Fare grocery stores in Florida. The company plans to turn those locations into Winn-Dixies by the end of the year.

In Central Florida three Winn-Dixie stores will open their doors to the public in Lake Mary, Melbourne and Viera.

In a statement, Southeastern Grocers’ CEO Anthony Hucker said Winn-Dixie was “deeply rooted in Florida, and we are proud to expand our footprint and enhance our presence throughout the state.”

“In addition to our new store that we opened earlier this year, we look forward to introducing eight more new appealing stores with fresh, quality products at the right price to deliver a shopping experience our associates, customers and communities can always count on,” Hucker said.

Winn-Dixie says it will offer positions to Lucky’s Market and Earth Fare employees who were laid off when their stores closed.

The eight new stores will be located at:

  • 8855 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL
  • U.S. 41 & Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL
  • 1459 N.W. 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL
  • 11799 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL
  • 11525 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, FL
  • West Mary Blvd., Lake Mary, FL
  • 3170 W. Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL
  • 5410 Murrell Road, Viera, FL

Lucky’s Market and Earth Fare declared bankruptcy last spring. Lucky’s Market had been in Florida since 2014. Loyal customers enjoyed the store’s organic produce and ‘sip and stroll’.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.