The parent of long-suffering grocer Winn-Dixie is pondering another bankruptcy and might close 200 of the chain’s 700 stores, Bloomberg reports. This means Florida shoppers may soon have less grocery options. Winn-Dixie’s parent company Bi-Lo LLC is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as March.
A source who wished not to be identified publicly told Bloomberg the company is planning to close almost 200 stores before or after its filing. Winn-Dixie now has more than 20 stores across our viewing area of Southwest Florida from North Port to Marco Island.
This would be the third time Winn-Dixie has filed for bankruptcy, the other instances occurred in 2005 and 2009, according to Bloomberg. Winn-Dixie did not comment on the report. No official notice has been made about stores that may be impacted by the impending decision.