The Sweetbay grocery store in Lake Placid will close in just a few weeks. But the store will likely reopen under a different brand.
Erin Blankenship, account specialist with The Nexxus Group, said the Lake Placid store is one of a handful of Sweetbay stores that were sold to an unidentified third party. Most of the chain’s 66 stores in Florida were recently sold to BiLo, the same company that owns the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain.
A Sweetbay store at 3250 U.S. 27 South in Sebring is the closest of the 66 stores sold to BiLo. Blankenship did not say if or when that Sweetbay store would transition into the Winn-Dixie group. “But it’s certain the stores that were sold to BiLo will transition to the Winn-Dixie brand,” she said.
The Lake Placid store. at 1519 U.S. 27 South, will officially close April 12, Blankenship said. The last shipments to the store will arrive a few days prior to the closing date. All remaining products will be removed from the location the day following the closing.
Blankenship gave no indication of who the third-party buyer is for the local Sweetbay store. “I don’t have that information available for release,” she said, “but there will be developments in the next few days and weeks.”