• Mary Harrison

Harveys in Cairo, other southeastern states closing

Southeastern Grocers, owner of the Harveys, Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie, and Fresco y Más (Spanish for “Fresh and More,” according to spanishdict.com) brands, announced on Thursday, March 15, 2018, that it will shut down 94 of its less successful stores. One of the affected locations will be the Harveys at 1000 1st Ave. NE in Cairo, Ga.

According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the closings are a result of the company filing for bankruptcy. Southeastern said the underperforming supermarkets will close during a 90-day (approximately three-month-long) “financial restructuring,” hopefully beginning before the end of March.

“Southeastern Grocers has conducted a thorough review of options for reducing our current debt. Taking this step was critical to our future and the long-term health of our business,” the company stated on its website.

The closing stores are located in seven southeastern states, USA Today reports: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The Cairo Messenger reports that 25 to 30 people in the Cairo community will be out of work as a result of the Harvey’s closing. The Messenger talked to Chris Addleton, Cairo’s City Manager, who reflected that Wal-Mart and “the two independent grocery stores” in Georgia’s Hospitality City proved to be too much competition for the supermarket, which has been serving Grady County families for “generations.”

The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports that 582 locations of Southeastern Grocer’s brands will remain open.