Winn-Dixie has confirmed they will be closing two stores; one in Jacksonville and one in Brunswick.
Store #72 located at 7534 Beach Blvd. and store #97 located at 4404 Altama Blvd. in Brunswick will be closing sometime in June, though an exact date was not given.
Winn-Dixie said that these decisions were not made lightly and nearly 130 employees will be impacted.
"While closing stores is never easy for any retailer, we have made this difficult decision so we can reinvest in what matters most for our customers – providing the quality, service and value they have come to expect from us," said Shawn Sloan, Regional Vice President.
Additionally, an employee of a Jacksonville Winn-Dixie that will remain open reached out to First Coast News to say that several management positions, including her own, were being eliminated.
The woman requested First Coast News not reveal her name.
She said her boss called her into work last week for what she assumed was a group managers meeting.
“When I got there, one of the girls that was up at the front desk said ‘well he’s talking to people one-on-one.' And I thought well that’s really odd," the woman said.
Instead, she said her boss told her the company was cutting certain management positions. She said her options were limited; apply for one of the few remaining management positions, seek opportunities at a different store or take a severance package.
“I’ve only done one job pretty much my whole entire life so I don’t have experience in a lot of the other positions that they’re posting for," the woman said.
To make matters worse, she's due to give birth in a couple weeks. Even if she were to get an offer from Winn-Dixie or another company, she worries they won't hold the position until after her maternity leave.
“Bringing another life into this world and I won’t have insurance," she said.
"I won’t be bringing in a paycheck. It’s times like this that make you wonder how these people can sleep at night knowing that they do this to people.”
Winn-Dixie's parent company, Southeastern Grocers LLC, released a statement:
"We’re going through a limited number of changes to certain roles and responsibilities in our stores. We are working hard to improve and create an efficient and effective store experience for our customers and our teams. These changes are designed to allow us to provide additional hours in those stores to serve our customers better, and will be rolling-out over the next few weeks.
We are doing all that we can do assist our associates through this transition, which includes training for newly created roles in the organization, transitioning to different existing roles and/or offering full and fair severance and outplacement services in certain circumstances."
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