Winn-Dixie grocery store on Highland Avenue closing

Published 11:22 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2016

By Chelsea Vance and Justin AveretteThe Selma Times-Journal

The Winn-Dixie on Highland Avenue will close next month, according to a company spokeswoman.

“This decision was not made lightly. Our associates are always the first to know of any changes at our stores and have been made aware of the closure and are encouraged to apply for the many open positions we have in our network of neighboring Winn-Dixie stores,” said Delia Barner, public relations account manager.

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The store is expected to close on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

“Until then, we will be working hard to continue delivering the great service and value our customers have come to expect,” Barner said.

Local store managers declined to comment for this story, referring any questions to the company’s corporate level.

Mayor George Evans said he had heard rumors about the store’s closing and was working to gather more information.

Company officials declined to give a reason for the store closing. Evans said he’s heard it has to do with the building’s lease.

Shoppers at the store Tuesday said they were shocked by the news.

“It is just really awful. It is my first stop into town and it is also where my pharmacy is,” Darlene Nichols said. “I don`t want to have to go clear across the other side of town. I guess I would have to go to Walmart.”

Gracie Bennett is another faithful shopper of Winn-Dixie and said that she shops at the Highland location because it is close to home.

“I don`t want to hear that. I won`t like that at all. It is just an inconvenience. This is the store where I usually shop.” Bennett said.