Winn-Dixie to Close Meridian Store

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Bankrupt supermarket giant Winn-Dixie will be closing 35 percent of its stores and will reduce its work force by 28 percent.

The plan includes the Meridian location at 915 Highway 19 North, across from Meridian Community College, according to the company's website.

The closings are part of the Jacksonville-based company's bankruptcy.

The company says it will close 326 of its 913 stores in the coming months. It also plans to trim 22,000 of 78,000 positions.

Winn-Dixie also says it will try to sell six dairy plants, its pizza plant in Montgomery and a beverage plant in Fitzgerald, Ga.

“Creating a smaller, but more profitable store base will best position Winn-Dixie for long-term financial health and a successful future. We will be focusing our resources on markets where Winn-Dixie has a strong presence and there are compelling opportunities. This will allow us to build on our strengths and take advantage of the considerable potential we see to improve the shopping experience for our customers. Already, we have made significant strides. The steps announced today will help us to continue our progress as we strive to make Winn-Dixie a stronger company, better able to compete in the marketplace with a strong foundation for the future,” said Peter Lynch,
Winn-Dixie's president and CEO.

Winn-Dixie operates in nine Southeast states and the Bahamas. It filed for bankruptcy four months ago.

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