Winn-Dixie last week reopened two rebuilt stores in the Florida Panhandle, completing what officials of its Jacksonville, Fla.-based parent company, Southeastern Grocers, described as an emotional return to business following Hurricane Michael’s devastation a year ago.
The storm, which ripped through the Panhandle last Oct. 10, leveled four of Winn-Dixie’s seven stores around Panama City, Fla. Two of them—its Transmitter Road and Parker stores, reopened Sept. 18. The other two, in Panama City and Lynn Haven, held grand reopenings last week.
All four stores feature the company’s latest store design and features that have helped renovated units in other Winn-Dixie markets draw new traffic and sales. While modernizing stores is a major aspect of the retailer’s ongoing turnaround, the Panhandle projects took on added meaning as they represented a larger turnaround for battered communities, shoppers and employees, officials say.
What follows are photos from the reopenings.