50 percent off everything (except beer) at closing Sweetbay Supermarkets

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Tampa, Florida -- Sweetbay Supermarkets announced earlier this month it will be closing 33 under-performing stores, including the store in St. Petersburg's Midtown.

See Also: Sweetbay closure in Midtown hard on community

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.

Stores Closing:


5201 33rd Street East

8750 State Road 70 East

501 N. Beneva Rd, Ste #180

3410 US Hwy 301


1861 North Highland Avenue


1681 Main Street

8833 Mitchell Blvd.
New Port Richey

6095 9th Avenue North
(between 66th St N and Tyrone Blvd N)
St. Petersburg

955 62nd Avenue South
St. Petersburg

1794 22nd Street South
St. Petersburg

4665 66th Street North
Kenneth City

7580 49th Street North
Pinellas Park

7431 S.R. 54
New Port Richey

3400 E. Lake Rd
Palm Harbor

9017 S.R. 52

1943 US Alt 19 North
Tarpon Springs


Ft Myers/Naples:

2482 Immokalee Road

5926 Premier Way

4015 Santa Barbara Blvd

10175 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda


2333 W. Hillsborough Avenue

5050 10th Ave East (Columbus Plaza)

4519 Gunn Highway

5320 Ehrlich Road

17605 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.

10617 Sheldon Road


4500 S. Suncoast Boulevard


Plant City/Lakeland:

6220 North Highway 98


507 S. Wheeler Street
Plant City


Spring Hill:

11160 Spring Hill Drive
Spring Hill



7325 Gall Boulevard



1718 E. Highway 50

1714 US Hwy 27; Suite 12

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