Winn-Dixie parent to close 94 stores

Seven Winn-Dixie stores in Central and North Central Florida will be closing as the grocer’s parent company continues its struggle to survive.

Anthony Hucker, the president and chief executive officer of Southeastern Grocers, announced Thursday that the company would be closing 94 “underperforming” stores throughout the U.S., including several in the Bay Area.

Winn-Dixie has struggled in recent years, with the chain previously filing for bankruptcy in 2005 and 2009, FOX Business reports.  

“Taking this step was critical to our future and the long-term health of our business,” Hucker insisted.

Closings in the WOFL/WOGX viewing areas include:

- DeLand: 2701 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland
- Gainesville: 2002 SW 34Th St 
- Kissimmee: 1347 E Vine St
- Ocala: 4417 Nw Blitchton Road
- Ocala: 8445 Sw Hwy 200, Ste #131 
- Orlando: 2722 N. Pine Hills Rd
- Orlando: 4686 E Michigan Street

Meanwhile, Hucker said, the company would focus on remodeling many of the remaining 582 stores.

"This course of action enables us to continue writing the story for our company and our iconic, heritage banners in the Southeast,” he added.