Sweetbay stores to close a week before deadline
With bargain hunters quickly clearing already depleted shelves of everything from canned beans to soon-to-expire bags of dry milk and pumpkin roll cakes, the state's 33 doomed Sweetbay supermarkets are shutting their doors days before the date originally set for their closing.
"We had said on or before Feb. 13, but because inventory levels are gone, all stores will be closing" by Wednesday, Sweetbay spokeswoman Nicole LeBeau. "There will be some closing today."
The chain, owned by the Belgian-based Delhaize Group, announced plans to shut 33 under-performing Florida stores last month.
The follow stores are closing today (Tuesday):
501 N. Beneva Rd,, Suite 180, Sarasota; 6095 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 955 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; 1861 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater; 3410 US Highway 301, Ellenton; 8750 State Road 70 East, Bradenton; 2482 Immokalee Road, Naples; 5926 Premier Way, Naples; 4015 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples; 7580 49th St. N, Pinellas Park; 5050 10th Ave. East, Tampa; and 4500 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.
Closing on Wednesday:
1794 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; 3400 E. Lake Road, Palm Harbor; 9017 S.R. 52, Hudson; 2333 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa; 4519 Gunn Highway, Tampa; 5320 Ehrlich Road, Tampa; 6220 North Highway 98, Lakeland; 17605 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; and 1714 US Highway 27, Suite 12, Clermont.
Closed Monday: Stores in Kenneth City, Dunedin, Bradenton, Punta Gorda, Zephyrhills, Spring Hill, Plant City, Clermont, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, New Port Richey and Trinity.