Sweetbay supermarket chain confirms plans for layoffs

ST. PETERSBURG - Sweetbay Supermarkets confirmed Wednesday that layoffs are coming. The supermarket chain filed notice with the state saying the layoffs would include about 364 people and would be complete by Jan. 1.

The "Bi-Lo" grocery chain in Jacksonville, which operates under the name "Winn Dixie," is buying Sweetbay pending regulatory approval.

The last restructuring of Sweetbay earlier in the year meant the closing of nearly three dozen locations, leaving thousands of workers unemployed.

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