Thursday, January 17, 2019

Toys 'R Nothing in Gainesville



Toys R US #8733
6711 W. Newberry Rd.
Gainesville, FL. 


In March of last year all of us retail fans learned the sad news that Toys R US would be liquidating their remaining stores. Since I've been an adult for quite a while now, the purchase of toys never really entered my mind , unless a niece or nephews birthday was coming up. I'll always remember the famous Toys R US jingle about being a Toys R US kid. Some of you probably know I grew up in Panama City, FL. During most of my younger years there, our closest Toys R US was in Tallahassee. One time my parents took me over to Tallahassee with them on a special trip. Before we left we went to Toys R Us. Honestly I don't remember the toy my parents got me, but this was way back in 1991. 
Panama City would eventually receive a Toys R US of its own. I can't remember exactly when the P. C. Toys R US opened, it was in either '96 or '97. 

I guess for whatever reason (probably my age) I didn't really shop at the P.C. Toys R US much. When I moved to Gainesville in 2008 I discovered a Toys R US was located here. 

In the below photo is the abandoned Toys R US #8733. 
According to property records, this store opened in 1986-interestingly at about the same time Newberry Square shopping center opened on the other side of I-75 from the Oaks Mall. 


The Gainesville Toys R US seemed to me like it was housed in a unique looking building. It was a red brick structure with a nice set of awnings over the walkway. This is very nice for Florida shopping. All of  the rain we get here in this state makes for miserable shopping trips, so having this overhang and awning really makes things better in that regard. Also, the store walkway lead up into an enclosed entrance corridor that made for even more shelter from not only rain, but cold winds. It was a cold day when I came here to take pictures, so I sure appreciated that enclosed corridor. 

Looking from left to right across the front of the store, everything was quiet. Not a creature was stirring, not even YonWooRetail2! No cars, no bikes, no people, no anything- just leftover TRU signage.


It looks like the place could still be open, but......

Let's get that camera rolling and take a walk up to this place to see if anything is left!

A lot of open dirty-looking floors left. To the left is checkout lane number 10, of course. To the left of  checkout lane 10 was the Returns counter if I called that correctly. Looking strait to the back in this photo appears to be the stock room, which looks like it contains chairs and product stands...not sure really.. 

Panning to the right a little is checkout lanes 6 and 7. Off to the right side of the big room appears to have been alcoves for a different age group or type of toys. I didn't come in here recently before the place closed, so I can't remember what used to be on that side of the store. 

Lastly, when I decided to walk over to a place of interest right of the Toys R US, I saw that another store sign existed on the right side of the building. This was good, because if you had been new to this shopping center and had been visiting the former dollar theater of comic book shop next door, you wouldn't immediately see Toys R US.

I hate to say it, because this shopping center just west of the Oaks Mall looks lonely now. With the closing of Gator Cinemas and the comic book store, this place looks pretty empty. The main places left in this plaza are restaurants: Jason's Deli and Ocean Buffet. I think there is still an eyeglass place, and scrubs store and maybe a couple of other small businesses. 

This was a fairly short post, but then again I'm a little new to this blogging thing. I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of another one of Geoffery's late homes. Toys R US it has been real. I will always remember you, regardless of having hardly ever shopped with you. You make toy buying a special treat for no matter how old a person could be. 

Until next time, 

YonWooRetail2



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Target #2547 - West Melbourne, FL (Hammock Landing)


Target #T-2547
4305 Norfolk Parkway, West Melbourne, FL – Hammock Landing

     This Target store opened on July 22, 2009, and really hasn’t changed much since.

     We’ve hit the bullseye guys, it’s Target time once again on My Florida Retail! For this post, we’ll be taking a look at the newest of the 5 Target stores in Brevard County, the Target located in West Melbourne (right over the Palm Bay line). This Target opened as the largest of the anchor stores in the Hammock Landing shopping center, and as the center’s most prominent tenant. This Target is quite nice and always seems busy, although of all the Target stores in Brevard, I’m still partial to the old school 90’s built Target a few miles away from here on US 192 (although I also like going to the Viera Super Target for a change every once and a while).


     This Target was built using the company’s usual “airport terminal” style building (a term l_dawg2000 used to describe this style) that Target has used for the last 10-15 years. Even though this store is pushing 10 years in operation now, this place still looks and feels quite new (and some locals still call this place the “new Target” even to this day!).


     This photo is pulled back a bit further, showing more of the building itself. The photos in this Target tour are a mix of photos taken at two different times, in 2015 and 2018. There weren’t many significant changes in that time to be seen here, with the only major changes happening here being the conversion of this store’s pharmacy to CVS and some décor changes in the grocery department, but we’ll see all that in more detail later.


     Here we’re looking from this store’s front entrance toward the left side of the building. In the background you can see an Academy Sports store, a later addition to the Hammock Landing shopping center having opened in 2015.


     Here’s a close-up of the store’s main entrance, showcasing the usual late 2000’s, early 2010’s Target store design. As BatteryMill Retail commented, "This store is my favorite "default" Target store design. It definitely carries both a classic department store and modern feeling, and still holds up very well today!"

     Next, we’ll step inside and see what things look like in there...


     Entering the store, we find the Starbucks and Target Café immediately to my left, both of which are located in front of the store’s main registers. Behind me is the Guest Services counter, which is located immediately to the right upon entering the store.


     Leaving the front of the store behind us, we continue straight from the entrance into the Women’s clothing department. This store is right aligned, with the entrance and clothing departments located on the right side of the building (the opposite of the Target I’m most used to going to, of course, so it throws me off every time I come into this store!)


     This is a look down the main aisle that runs horizontally through the center of the store. We can see all the way across the store in this photo, with clothing and shoes in the foreground. This aisle later transitions into the main aisle that runs through the housewares departments, which is kind of visible in the background.


     Here we’re looking into this store’s back right corner, which is home to men’s clothing and the store’s fitting room. As you can see (and probably have seen already), this store has Target’s P09 décor, so there’s nothing really too special as far as the décor is concerned in this place. (And as far as special and/or outdated Target store décor packages are concerned, there aren’t any wavy neon P97 Target stores that I know of left in the Florida peninsula, and the only P01 stores I knew of just got remodeled or closed in the last few years).


     Moving away from the clothing departments, here’s a look down the store’s main back aisle as we near the baby, toy and electronics departments.


     Like most Target stores built since the P04 era, electronics is located in the back center portion of the store. This store has this rather sleek gray electronics counter, which certainly looks quite modern! I think this counter is original to this store’s opening in 2009, as I believe the more modern Target stores and stores with the recent Electronics reset have a smaller electronics counter than this.


     Moving away from the electronics counter, we move further down the store’s main back aisle to see more of the toy department to my left, and books to my right.


     Here’s a look across the far back wall of this store, looking from seasonal back toward electronics.


     Patio furniture and Easter supplies were the main focuses of the seasonal department when I visited this store in 2018. As you can clearly see here, this photo looks into the patio furniture portion of the seasonal department.


     Standing in the back left corner of the store, here I was standing in the aisle that separated the two portions of the seasonal department. The patio furniture and outdoor decorations were located to my left, while Easter candy and supplies were located to my right. Ahead of me is this store’s grocery department, which we’ll begin to look at closer later on in this post. First though, we’ll jump back to the center of the store for a closer look at the housewares departments.


     Here is a look down the center aisle that separates the hardline and softline sides of the store. In the distance we can see this store’s CVS Pharmacy counter, which is located next to the store’s café.


     Moving into the housewares department, here’s a looks down the main aisle that traverses this part of the store. This photo is one of my 2015 photos, which was taken early in the morning right after this store opened for the day. The early morning timing is why there are so many boxes can carts floating around here, as the store’s stock crew was still working to put out merchandise.


     Jumping ahead to 2018, here’s a much cleaner look through the housewares department, this photo looking back toward clothing. As YonWooRetail2 commented, "Targets are just so much cleaner and neater looking than even the newest Wamarts. And really the prices aren't much different." You may also notice that between 2015 and 2018, the aisle number placards in this store were switched from red and white circles to the more modern gray and white circles, which I believe is the color scheme of the P17 aisle signs.


     Here’s a random look down one of the housewares aisles that branch off from the main one. I thought it was a neat effect how those lamps towered over this particular aisle.


     Here’s a view down the back aisle in the housewares department, this part of the department being home to the bed linens. Now, we’ll move away from housewares and begin to look around the grocery department…


     Near the edge of the housewares departments, here’s a quick peek into the grocery aisles.


     Here’s a look down the main aisle that passes by this store’s grocery department, looking toward the back of the store and seasonal.


     The back left corner of this store was home to more seasonal merchandise, specifically Easter merchandise when I took this picture in early 2018.


     Here’s a look down the store’s left side wall, which contains beverages before transitioning into freezers. Plenty of P09 neon to be seen here too!


     Some of the freezers can be seen in this photo, peeking out from the end of one of the grocery aisles.


     Here’s another look at the main aisle that traverses the front of the grocery department. This store has the expanded grocery/P-Fresh offerings, which we’ll take a closer look at in just a moment.


     In addition to the freezers on the side wall, this store has one or two additional aisles of frozen foods mixed in with the main grocery aisles. Pictured here is one of those additional frozen foods aisles.


     Here’s a close-up photo of one of the picture collages in the grocery department, showcasing some fruits and vegetables.


     Here’s another side wall photo, looking into the store’s front left corner. The fresh foods are located in that large aisle just a few steps in front of me, so let’s go check that out…


     It’s nothing fancy, but I like the concept of P-Fresh and how a non-super store can still offer a small selection of fresh produce, meat, baked goods, etc. You could still get much of your grocery shopping done here if you really wanted to. The “fresh grocery” décor and giant round sign hanging from the ceiling are pretty cool too! However, I’m just warning you though, don’t get too used to how this part of the store looks just yet…


     ...because at some point between 2015 and 2018, Target updated the signage in the P-Fresh section of this store. Out went the neat hanging sign and the old pictures, and in came some new pictures and a blank ceiling. I don’t go to this particular Target all that often, so it threw me off when I saw the big sign over this area had disappeared on this trip! As YonWooRetail2 commented, "Looking at this photo, you may think you're in one of the new "red red" Winn- Dixie's. Only there's not a painted sign "Dairy" in white letters."


     Here’s a close-up of the P-Fresh area with its current look, this particular photo focusing on some of the displays of produce.


     Behind the produce display was a small selection of baked goods, mostly prepackaged breads and pastries. The coffin cooler you see to my right contained prepackaged meats if I remember correctly.


     For some reason, I felt like taking a close-up photo of one of the strips of neon in this place. I never realized this until just recently, but there is a slight difference between the P04 and P09 neon. In the P09 package, there are only these single neon strips on the walls. In the P04 package, there are these same neon strips, as well as some double neon strips mixed in that resemble half of a bullseye.


     I took this photo from the store’s front left corner, this view looking all the way down the front wall toward guest services.


     Leaving the grocery department behind us, here’s a look down the store’s main front aisle. Small appliances and office supplies are to my left, while cleaning products and pet supplies are located to my right.


     Peeking out from behind one of those oversized Target baskets, here’s a look down the main front aisle as we near the front end. To my left is girl’s clothing, and to the right is health and beauty. Speaking of health and beauty, let’s pop down there for a quick look at the pharmacy counter…


     Turning the clock back to 2015, here’s a look at what this store’s pharmacy counter looked like prior to CVS purchasing all of Target’s pharmacies. As BatteryMill Retail commented about the Target Pharmacy sale to CVS, "Honestly I’m not sure the CVS Pharmacy deal was the best one. Prior to their acquisition Target had a “ClearRX” bottle system that was handy in telling apart prescriptions- and that left with their deal. Additionally pharmacies had shorter hours and from other things I heard CVS’ policies were just a downgrade from Target’s pharmacy. Additionally their paint-out and signage sticks out like a sore thumb, they could have easily just added a little subtitle or whatnot." This isn’t the greatest photo in the world considering the shelving is blocking much of our view of the counter, but I’ve gotten much better at getting photos in the 3 years since this one was taken!


     Jumping back to 2018, here’s what this store’s pharmacy counter looks like now as a CVS. Some new signage and paint was installed, but otherwise it’s the same counter we saw in the 2015 image. Even though there were some articles published around the time Target sold their pharmacies to CVS about how people were unhappy about the sale, it seems like their pharmacy counters are still very busy. The Target I go to most often always has people waiting at the counter, and I see lots of people walking around the store with prescription bags.


     Here is a look at this store’s front registers. This store has a total of 13 registers – three (rarely used) express lanes and ten regular lanes. This store does not have self-checkouts, and neither does the other Target a few miles away from here on Route 192.


     In addition to the Starbucks tucked just inside this store’s entryway, this store also has a traditional Target Café featuring Pizza Hut Express. The café is located immediately next to the Starbucks, with which it shares a seating area. In this photo we can see the café in a bit more detail.


     Stepping outside, I will conclude our tour of the Hammock Landing Target with this final photo of the exterior. Even though this store is pushing 10 years old, I still think it’s a pretty modern looking place, both inside and out. As of now, none of the Target stores on the Space Coast or Treasure Coast have been put on the remodel list to the current gray look, although I’m sure they day will come eventually. While the gray look is beginning to grow on me (especially in the Super Target remodels, where the new P17 decor is exceptionally nice), I still like these old school P04/P09 stores in all of their red and neon glory.

So that's all I have for now. Until the next post,

AFB

Winn-Dixie #2367 - Micco (Barefoot Bay), FL


Winn-Dixie #2367
7960 US Highway 1, Micco, FL – Inlet Marketplace at Barefoot Bay

     This Winn-Dixie opened in 1998 to serve the Barefoot Bay retirement community, which is located behind this store in the southernmost fringes of Brevard County. In the early 1990’s, this site was originally planned to be home to a Food Lion store (Store #806). However, Food Lion backed out of those plans like they did in quite a few cases around Florida, leaving Winn-Dixie to be the grocer to ultimately open a store at this site.

     Driving down US 1 in the rural parts of Southern Brevard County, you’ll come across this Winn-Dixie. This Winn-Dixie appears somewhat unexpectedly in what looks like the middle of nowhere while driving along US 1, that is until you discover a retirement community of nearly 10,000 residents actually resides somewhat hidden behind this store. With the nearest Publix being a few miles down the road in Sebastian, this Winn-Dixie has a fairly large captive audience of retirees to patronize this store, making the Winn-Dixie in the middle of nowhere one of their stronger stores actually. This store has been kept rather nice over the years, having received the post-bankruptcy remodel and a bit more TLC than many other Winn-Dixies I’ve seen. With all that being said, let’s begin to take a closer look at what the Micco/Barefoot Bay Winn-Dixie is all about…


     Looking toward the tower on the front of the building, which contains the store’s exit doors. Until the post-bankruptcy remodel in the late 2000’s, both the entrance and exit were located under this tower. One feature of most post-bankruptcy remodels was moving the entrance to a new set of doors that opened into the produce department, which is the treatment this store ultimately received. You’ll also notice in this photo that the exterior of this Winn-Dixie has a different color scheme than in the rest of my exterior photos. That’s because this photo is about two years older than the rest of the photos in this post, showing the store’s original paint scheme (or at least original paint scheme to the post-bankruptcy remodel). Sometime in 2017, this store was repainted to the red and white color scheme you’ll see in the rest of the photos. When I first saw the new exterior paint scheme, I had thought this store had gotten the new red remodel, but that was not the case.


     The “FOOD” and “PHARMACY” signs on the left side of the building are original to when this store was built as a stereotypical late-era Marketplace store. The Winn-Dixie logo itself appears to be the only exterior signage that was replaced during the post-bankruptcy remodel.


     Turning our attention to the right side of the building, we can see the store’s main entrance as well as the attached liquor store, which is tucked into the front right corner of the building.


     All the trees in the parking lot made photographing the exterior of this store quite difficult, as the drooping branches blocked a lot of the exterior depending on where I stood. That’s why I have so many weird angles of this store’s exterior, as I was trying to avoid getting a bunch of tree obstructed photos! Anyway, my disdain about the foliage aside, let’s head inside this place and see what it looks like…


     Hanging above the carts we have this little sign welcoming us to the Barefoot Bay Winn-Dixie, a nice little touch with a bit of local flair. I’m not 100% sure of this, but I think this cart storage area was originally a photo center, as this would have been the approximate area of where a photo center would have been back when this store was built.


     Stepping a bit further into the store, here’s a pulled back view of the entirety of the entry vestibule/former photo center.


     As I said above, produce is the first department you enter after walking through the front doors. Because this store was built with a liquor store, the produce department is shifted a bit further to the left to accommodate space for the liquor store, part of which is peeking out from behind the produce coolers.


     As part of this store’s post bankruptcy remodel, the flooring in the produce department was ripped up and replaced with the wood-grain style tiles. The produce display cases also match the flooring, making this store’s produce department look very nice and modern. As vintagefans commented, "I always liked the way that the produce departments looked in the post-bankruptcy remodels. The wood flooring, green paint and wood displays really went well together and made it look more upscale in this department especially. Plus with the entrance usually going into this department it made a nice first impression."


     Produce coolers line the side of the liquor store box, coolers which look to have been updated in the post-bankruptcy remodel. Due to the placement of the liquor store, this store has a little alcove in the back where a few grocery aisles, the beer & wine department, and the deli are located, which we’ll see more of later in this post. As vintagefans noted in the background, "I just noticed those tri-sided aisle signs in this decor. I don't think I've ever seen those before. Usually this decor had flat signs and had each side of the aisle listed as "a" and "b". These tri sided ones must have been used in stores that got this decor later on." I wouldn't say the tri-sided aisle signs are rare, but they were from the later remodels Winn-Dixie did with this decor if I recall correctly. The first batch of remodels Winn-Dixie did with this decor did have check lane lights that look identical to the Purple/Maroon era ones, but with an orange stripe instead of a purple one. So while subtle, the post-bankruptcy decor did have a few different phases before being retired.


     Here is a reverse view of the produce department, capturing part of the entry vestibule in the background (as well as a runaway zucchini too).


     Here is a view of the front registers, as seen from the produce department. As usual with these Winn-Dixie Marketplace stores, the registers are located under a lower ceiling, one of the classic traits of these stores. As duckman66 noticed, "They forgot to update the teal checkstands. In some WDs by me, the checkstands from mid 1990s were either refaced to a brown/beige pattern, or replaced entirely." Vintagefans expanded on this by saying, "Yeah, and I've seen some of these remodels where they left the teal and pink cases in place as well. Usually with the post bankruptcy remodels they replaced a lot of the coolers and the ones that didn't got new beige fronts put on them to match. We've seen the Marketplace stores as well where those busy lines were left on the lines as well as the diamond shapes from that decor and just painted over with the colors used in this decor instead of removed."


     The floral department is located in an island between the produce department and the grocery aisles. Just from observation, it’s always seemed to me like Winn-Dixie has always had a much larger floral selection than Publix.


     Looking between the floral counter and the small selection of bulk foods, we can see the seafood department in the distance at the end of aisle 5.


     Behind the produce department, a small alcove appears behind the liquor store box. In this little alcove is the main store’s beer and wine department.


     Strangely enough, aisle one in this store is actually comprised of three aisles. The items listed on the aisle 1 sign describe everything in the next three aisles, which is the entirety of the beer and wine department. As nwretail commented, "The whole liquor department being signed as one aisle is a very Safeway thing to do -- it's interesting seeing a different chain doing that though!"


     The wine department has its very own hanging department sign, as well as custom designed category markers and track lighting. Winn-Dixie was certainly trying for a more upscale feeling in this department.


     The beer coolers take up the perimeter wall of the beer and wine department. This photo also serves as one of our first examples of how Winn-Dixie didn’t do anything with the floors in this store outside of the produce department during the remodel. Over here in the beer and wine section, the teal and pastel Marketplace tiles are still going strong.


     Moving a bit further into the store, here we see the main portion of aisle 1. On the left side of this aisle you’ll find the less potent grape juice, and on the right side is some of the more potent grape juice. There are a lot of factors that determine from which side of the aisle one picks their preferred grape juice, although I believe the stuff on my right may be just a bit more popular than the Welch’s Grape Juice that can be found to my left!


     In the back right corner of this store is the deli counter, located behind the beer and wine department. This store’s deli counter was updated a bit in recent years to include a sandwich station and some additional coolers for prepared foods. I have yet to try a Winn-Dixie sub myself to see how it compares to the all-mighty Pub Sub, but it is on my list of foods to try someday. As vintagefans commented about the deli department, "Wow, this Winn Dixie does seem to have a fairly big deli selection. Most Winn Dixies I've seen that aren't Transformational or the green remodels, seem to just have a small hot food case, and a small cold cheese/deli meat case and that's about it, other than the hot chicken and cheese/deli items out in the center. This store's deli counter seems to stretch pretty far, and we haven't even seen the bakery yet."


     Here’s another shot of the deli counter, taken from an angle and slightly less obstructed by the specialty cheese case. I will say, the prepared foods selection at this store was quite popular, as I saw quite a few people grabbing items from the grab and go case and ordering sandwiches while I was in this part of the store.


     The next department over from the deli is seafood, with the meat coolers beyond that. The full service seafood counter is blocked by that pallet of Coke bottles, but I have a better picture of the Seafood counter coming up.


     Finding ourselves in aisle 2 now, we’re out of the back alcove looking toward produce once again.


     Aisle 4 is home to chips and other snack foods. This aisle is one of the shorter ones located behind the produce department, as it isn’t until aisle 7 when the grocery aisles begin to run the entire depth of the sales floor.


     Located beneath the seafood sign is the meat and seafood department’s full service counter. Thankfully Winn-Dixie was kind enough to hang their lightbars low, so as not to obstruct our view of the seafood signage itself!


     Moving away from the meat and seafood counter, here’s another shot looking across the back of this store. The meat coolers take up all the remaining space along this store’s back wall from this point on. As duckman66 commented here, "Seems like there's been deferred maintenance in this store. Nearly every one of your shots of 2367 has burned-out lights. The walls are usually illuminated with 'hidden' fluorescents. Not so here, or they're off. Maybe WD is trying to save on the light bill... :)" Vintagefans again expanded upon duckman66's sentiments: "Those hidden lights lights along the walls came with the Marketplace stores, they weren't part of any remodels. I did see a few of them on in your pictures of this store, but looks like all of the ones back here are out."


     Greeting cards take up the entirety of aisle 5.


     Candy and office supplies can be found in aisle 6 – the two items you need to get yourself through a long school day!


     While not officially numbered, aisles 8 and 9 are home to this store’s frozen foods aisles. This particular aisle was aisle 8, looking down the second half of this aisle toward the back of the store. As Cape Kennedy Retail and A&P Preservation agreed (respectively): "Love the tiles here!" and "Have to agree with [Cape Kennedy Retail]... the tiles add some retroness to the store!"


     The old Marketplace tile pattern makes a bold statement here in the frozen foods aisles! This photo was taken looking up aisle 9 toward the front of the store. At some point in the year prior to when I took these photos, the category markers in the frozen foods section were replaced with the ones you see here. These category markers are the ones that match the current “Down Down” or Red Décor package. The category markers that originally went with the post-bankruptcy interior looked like this. Vintagefans had this to add about the freezer cases themselves: "You can tell the left cases are newer, which probably means this store originally had those open coolers in the center of the freezer aisle. They usually replaced those with these remodels, probably to add more display space. Along with adding tall coolers along the meat department."


     As is typical with most Marketplace era Winn-Dixie stores, the pharmacy counter is located between the customer service desk and the bakery. Considering how this Winn-Dixie contains the only pharmacy that directly serves a retirement community of 10,000 residents, I’d imagine this Winn-Dixie pharmacy does some pretty good business.


     Here’s another view of the pharmacy counter, this time looking back toward the registers and the front end.


     Returning to the grocery aisles, here’s a look down aisle 10, which contains pastas and other dry goods. Some old Marketplace era diamonds are still floating around on the floor here too. I believe those diamonds signified part of the health and beauty department before some aisles got shuffled around in this area in the post-bankruptcy remodel.


     A close-up photo of the meat department signage is the main focus of this photo. As vintagefans commented, "My local post bankruptcy decor store has pink all above the meat department, as do most I see. It looks like later remodeled stores got red, which I like way better." Personally, I think the red looks much better for the meat department as well. It wasn't until recently that I really began to notice how Winn-Dixie changed this decor a few times before it was finally retired. While most of the differences were subtle, I think there are at least three variations of the post-bankruptcy decor out there.


     Turning to the right, here’s a quick look back toward the seafood counter and deli department as viewed from the back center part of the store. Vintagefans commented (in response to the discussion about the "hidden lights" referenced earlier in this post): "You can see a few of those lights along the walls are working here, but most are out, (along with a lot of ceiling lights too)."


     Now looking the other direction down the back aisle, we can see the prepackaged lunch meat section as well as the end of the dairy department, with the dairy department signified by that yellow painted wall in front of me. I think the little table with Winn-Dixie’s checkmark logo, placed in the very center of the aisle, made for a nice touch in this photo.


     More of the old health and beauty department diamond shaped tiles can be found here in aisle 11, which is home to part of this store’s current health and beauty selection.


     Baby items and paper products had their home in aisle 14.


     Lunch meats were located in the back left corner of the store, next to dairy. Since the lunch meats are just an extension of the regular meat department, lunch meats share the same red wall coloring as the meat department.


     Moving closer to the left side of the store, the bakery begins to peek out in the background of this photo at the end of aisle 15.


     This photo serves as a nice overview of the store’s main back aisle, as seen from lunch meats in the back left corner of the building.


     This store’s last grocery aisle, aisle 16, is a double wide aisle that serves as home to Winn-Dixie’s dairy department as well as the sliced breads. Small open top coolers line the center of this aisle, featuring promotional dairy products and juices. As vintagefans commented, "From the floor tile pattern, it looks like there were always coolers here, and they just replaced them. But were these coolers part of the typical 80s non Marketplace stores? Because my 80s store here had these after the remodel in 2008, but I don't remember them before." I don't think the non-Marketplace stores had these coolers. In the non-Marketplace stores, while dairy was usually along the left side wall as well, it was a single aisle rather than a double aisle like this store. Since those non-Marketplace stores were usually smaller than the Marketplace ones, I doubt they had the space for these additional coolers.


     Here’s another look at the dairy aisle, this time looking back in the direction of the bakery.


     This store’s bakery is located in the front left corner of the building like most other Marketplace era Winn-Dixie stores. This Winn-Dixie had a nice bakery selection, something that some of their stores may skimp on. This store even kept its single serve bagel and donut case, something I’ve noticed getting removed from some Winn-Dixie stores lately.


     Here’s a close-up of the bakery signage, as well as a peek behind the bakery counter. Winn-Dixie has a pretty good bakery at the stores where they choose to provide a decent bakery selection, so it’s nice to see this store have the full selection.


     I think I was trying to do something fancy here, trying to frame this sign about Winn-Dixie’s apple pie with the bakery sign in the background. As you can tell, Winn-Dixie likes to brag about all of their award winning pies, which is nice, especially considering that Winn-Dixie gets very few opportunities to ever brag about anything positive! While this sign brags about their 2017 pie championship title, I am pleased to inform everyone that Winn-Dixie was able to uphold their championship apple pie title for 2018, which you can read about here. As vintagefans commented about the pie: "I've tried that pie and it is very good. I also used to like some of the cookies they had, but I can't remember what flavor they were and they don't seem to sell them now... they were even better than Publix. I also saw billboards with this pie award, here so they must like to promote that. It is nice to see positive news from them." YonWooRetail2 agreed, "That does look like a great apple pie! Funny thing: I was on an apple pie kick for a while back around 2002. At that time I would always buy them from none other than Albertsons #4355. They had them on sale for 2/ $5 often and I always liked them. However this Winn-Dixie pie looks pretty appetizing!" Not related to the pie itself, but Fifteen Five-O-One commented about the font used for this sign: "The font for “Apple Pie with Caramel Drizzle” kind of looks like the one Food Lion uses in its Easy Fresh Affordable campaign"


     Leaving the bakery, we get another glimpse of the pharmacy counter as we make our way back toward the store’s front end.


     Back at the front of this store once again, here’s a closer look at registers 2-7, which are located under the lower ceiling that is a classic feature of these Marketplace era stores. Register 1 is also located under the lower ceiling, but I couldn’t get it to fit into this photo.


     The customer service counter is pictured here, hidden behind all of those tables of promotional items.


     Here’s another look across this store’s front end as we begin to wrap things up inside of the Micco/Barefoot Bay Winn-Dixie.


     Thank you for shopping your Barefoot Bay Winn-Dixie reads the sign above the registers. And it appears that the register lights here are all completely in-tact at this store still. One thing I’ve been noticing with these register lights lately is many of them are beginning to crack or have the numbers fall off, with one store I’ve been too even taping one of these lights back together! I guess issues like that are why some of these post-bankruptcy stores have been the recent target of the red remodel sweep, although I still feel that the really old Marketplace and Purple/Maroon stores should be getting remodels before any of these post-bankruptcy ones do.


     Stepping outside once again, here’s another look across this store’s exterior. The original entry tower (now the store’s main exit) takes the foreground in this photo, a classic (and distinctive) Winn-Dixie Marketplace trait. As YonWooRetail2 said, "I like this facade! Pretty uniquely done with the red/orange paint too."


     Here’s a close-up shot of the Winn-Dixie liquor store, which as we saw prior, is tucked into the front right corner of the building. Since Winn-Dixie gives the liquor stores their own store number, the Micco Winn-Dixie liquor store is actually Winn-Dixie #2368.


     The trees weren’t doing me any favors here, but this attempt at an overview of this store will serve as the conclusion to our tour of the Micco Winn-Dixie. While this place had a somewhat bare bones remodel back in the early 2010’s, it’s still a decent store with a nice selection of products, especially in the fresh departments. It’s always nice to see a well run Winn-Dixie, and this store in Micco is certainly one of them.

So until the next post,

AFB