Tampa, Florida -- Sweetbay Supermarkets announced earlier this month it will be closing 33 under-performing stores, including the store in St. Petersburg's Midtown.
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Starting Wednesday, all merchandise will be marked down by 50% to clear out inventory. Sweetbay tells 10 News the markdowns include wine and liquor, but NOT beer.
About 2,000 employees are impacted by the closures. Shipments to the closing stores were stopped the day of the announcement. They will remain open until inventory is gone or by mid-February -- whichever happens sooner.
On Tuesday night, St Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster met with Sweetbay executives in Gainesville in an attempt to save the Midtown location.
While Sweetbay says it still plans to close the store, they are going to work with the city to find another grocer.
Sweetbay released this statement:
"We had a great meeting Tuesday evening with Mayor Foster to discuss the importance of Midtown. We look forward to working together with Mayor Foster to quickly find a grocer that can help meet the needs of this community."
"As previously announced, we routinely evaluate the stores in our portfolio based on a number of performance criteria. Thirty three stores did not meet the current criteria and we will be closing those stores on or before Feb 13. Midtown is one of those closing stores."
"For seven years now, it has been a pleasure to serve the Midtown community and we will certainly miss being a part of this area."
On Wednesday afternoon, we found shoppers leaving the store with grocery carts full of diapers and food.
There are reports of long lines of people waiting outside liquor stores.
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