Winn Dixie Parent Company Files For Bankruptcy Protection

March 16, 2018

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn Dixie and other brands, said Thursday afternoon it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The company said it will close 94 “under performing” stores, none of which are in the immediate North Escambia area. The closure list does includes stores 10 stores in Alabama, including locations in Mobile and Monroeville, and 35 in Florida. The company will continue to operate 582 stores.

“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 said. “After careful consideration, we have chosen to voluntarily implement a court-supervised, prepackaged restructuring agreement. We have not taken these steps without careful planning and consideration. As part of this restructuring, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close 94 underperforming stores. It is our goal to work through our financial restructuring as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we will emerge from this process likely within the next 90 days.”

“This course of action enables us to continue writing the story for our company and our iconic, heritage banners in the Southeast,” said Anthony Hucker, Southeast Grocers president and chief executive officer.

Southeast Grocers operate under the Winn Dixie, BiLo, Harvey’s Supermarkets and Fresco y Más names.

Pictured: The Winn Dixie store in Atmore. photo, click to enlarge.

Tate Lifters Place At Districts

March 16, 2018

Tate High School’s Chandler McGuffey won first place at Districts 183-pound weight lifting class. Spencer Ruiz won third  in the 159-pound weight class and Juanita Gonzales won third in his weight class. Submitted photos.

Alabama Executes Death Row Inmate

March 16, 2018

Alabama death row inmate Michael Wayne Eggers, 50, was executed tonight by lethal injection at the William C. Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala. The execution was carried out at 6:54 p.m. Eggers was pronounced dead at 7:29 p.m.

Eggers was sentenced to death for the 2000 capital murder of his employerBennie Francis Murray, 67, in Walker County. Prosecutors said he admitted to strangling Murray during an argument.

His final words were, “no ma’am”, when Warden Cynthia Stewart asked him if he had a final statement.

Eggers had two family members, a spiritual advisor and two friends witness the execution. There were no witnesses for the victim.

Eggers has previously dropped his appeals asked the state to quickly schedule his execution.