Harvey's Supermarket, distribution center closing

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Bi-Lo, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, has purchased 155 stores, including Harvey's, Sweetbay and Reid's, which will result in the closing of a Harvey's Supermarket in Green Cove Springs.

It is being closed due to its proximity to Winn-Dixie, which is about a mile north of Harvey's on U.S. 17.

Charlie Thomas has been shopping there for 7 years and he won't be happy to see it closed on May 3rd.

"We are really going to miss it , because I shop here 3 or 4 times a week. And by comparison with prices at the Winn-Dixie right up the street here, we are going to miss this store," he said. "Cheaper, they always have good deals."

Bill Smith just moved to Green Cove Springs 6 months ago and enjoys shopping here.

"Well I am disappointed, we just started getting familiar with it and it's been convenient. Yes it is a disappointment. Winn-Dixie is OK, but this has been more convenient for us."

Thirty associates work at the Harvey's Supermarket. Bi-Lo said they will be able to apply for openings in nearby stores, including the Winn-Dixie just down highway 17.

With this Harvey's store closing, the Harvey's distribution center just south of town is scheduled to close also, according to Bill Garrison of the Clay County Economic Development Council. He said 130 jobs will be lost here, but Garrison said these workers can also apply with the Bi-Lo Winn-Dixie warehouse in Jacksonville.

Garrison said he is working with Career Source to help those losing their jobs find work with Winn-Dixie or other places. He also said he will help market the warehouse now holding Harvey's to try and get another distribution center to move in there.


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