Area Winn Dixie grocery stores, including this location on Old Dawson Road in Albany, will be temporarily closing today and will reopen six days later as Harvey’s. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY — Winn Dixie shoppers will notice a big change at select stores in south Georgia next week when three area locations transition to become Harvey’s stores.
Parent company Bi-Lo Holdings, Inc. announced last week that the Winn Dixie grocery stores on Old Dawson Road in Albany, U.S. Highway 19 in Lee County and Crawford Street in Americus will be temporarily closed starting this morning and will reopen on Friday as Harvey’s.
The move comes just a few months after Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 58 Harvey’s stores from Dellhaize Group, a supermarket conglomerate from Belgium.
Area Harvey’s shoppers recently experienced a similar temporary closure in May when 17 locations across south Georgia were closed for a week to allow for changes in the inventory and computer systems and staff training.
As with that closure, the Winn Dixie change will see the store’s pharmacies remain open for customer prescription needs and no changes to the staff upon reopening. Additionally customers will certain changes to inventory, rewards programs and specials.
“Upon reopening as a Harvey’s, customers will be pleased to see the same smiling faces they have known for years as well as daily in-store savings programs from Harvey’s,” said Jimmy Purvis, Harvey’s regional vice president in a press release. “Plus, we will continue to offer traditional Winn-Dixie in-store programs, like the fuelworks fuel rewards program.”
Savings programs currently offered at Harvey’s that will become available at the new locations also include the company’s Price Lock program, in-store kiosks, a prescription savings plan and weekly savings programs like Cheap Chicken Mondays, Senior Discount Tuesday and Wednesday Super Savers.
“Winn-Dixie has been a member of the Albany community for nearly 60 years and the addition of these stores only enhances our continued dedication to the Albany area,” Purvis said. “As we marry the best offerings from Winn-Dixie with the best of Harvey’s we believe our customers will be very happy.”
Once the store conversions are complete there will be seven Harvey’s locations in Albany and one each in Lee County, Americus, Dawson, Sylvester, and Cordele and two in Tifton.