1459 NW 23rd Ave
If you're interested in seeing a whole new Winn-Dixie, you may be in for a Winn Win! Pun is completely intended too!
Today marks not only Veteran's Day, but a new day for Winn-Dixie in a town heavily saturated with Publix grocery stores (14 to be exact)!
The place you are looking at today started out as a Pic n' Save store back in the 70's (I'm assuming). I know Gainesville at one time had at least three Pic n' Save stores, a Jacksonville-based discount department store that was pretty popular back in the day.
Pic n' Save started to have financial troubles in the 1990's (C/O A.F.B.), and had to close their stores. This Pic n' Save closed in 1996! It wasn't until January of 2015 when Bo and Trish Sharon, founders of Lucky's Market, started their very first venture in the Florida grocery retail scene. Florida's first Lucky's Market store opened here in January of 2015, the first and longest tenured Lucky's in the Sunshine State. Of course we all know what happened with Lucky's Market. Kroger Co., who had invested a stake (55% ) in Lucky's Market decided in January of 2020 that they would pull out of their investment in the organic chain. It wasn't long later that Lucky's filed for bankruptcy protection and announced the closure of all Florida locations, except one in West Melbourne (AFB's back yard). Initially it was thought that the West Melbourne location would be the last holdout for Lucky's in Florida, but it didn't take long for the announcement to come that even that one store would close with all the rest.
No one knew for sure what would happen to all the closed Lucky's stores in Florida. I would imagine Publix would have been interested since they pretty much want to dominate every corner and city in the state, but to my surprise SEG ended up, along with Aldi and Publix picking up most of the Florida Lucky's Market stores. My old Panama City Albertsons that was half used as a new Lucky's still sits abandoned once again...sigh!
SEG ended up buying the leases for 4 former Lucky's Market and 4 Earth Fare stores in the state, mostly in Central and Northeast Florida. Gainesville was one of the Lucky (well sort of) Lucky's locations to be picked up and converted into a new concept, small format Winn-Dixie store. And starting below I hope you find this post very informative for what the new Mini Winn-Dixie is all about.
Turning around, I forgot to mention that one of these Health & Beauty aisles contained some Household items like detergent and cleaners. Oh my! What is that in the background?