The Winn-Dixie supermarket on Veterans Parkway in north Columbus is getting a major renovation, with expectations for additional jobs as well.
The store at 6770 Veterans Parkway is adjacent to home-improvement store Lowe’s and situated in the heart of a bustling commercial area that includes Columbus Park Crossing and the Bradley Park shopping area.
“It’s a pretty major remodel,” Della Barber, a St. John & Partners public relations manager for Winn-Dixie, said Tuesday. She said the work should be completed this summer and that the store won’t shut down during the process.
“That’s the thing with any remodel,” she said. “We just work in little areas so that it won’t affect the customer experience at all.”
A city building permit on Jan. 8 indicates $1 million is being spent renovating 62,244 square feet of space at North Columbus Crossing Shopping Center, of which Winn-Dixie occupies 60,000 square feet. A Jan. 23 permit shows the grocer chipped in $22,400 for sprinkler installation.
In an email, Barber said the Winn-Dixie renovation will bring “many new and improved design elements and departments. Customers will notice a new entrance (and exit) and new flooring. Customers will enjoy a new produce department, new deli with chef inspired meals and a carving station, new bakery, new seafood with fresh and live lobster, added dairy doors for more energy efficiency and an all new checkout experience.”
The Winn-Dixie supermarket has been in its current location since late 1999. That’s when it relocated from Hamilton Square, a nearby shopping center that is now anchored by a Goodwill store and a Rooms To Go Outlet.
Winn-Dixie has six stores in the local market. The others are on Milgen Road, Macon Road, Hunt Avenue and South Lumpkin Road in Columbus, with one on U.S. Highway 80 in the Ladonia area of Phenix City.
Barber did not immediately know if any of the chain’s other local stores will receive any type of upgrade. Winn-Dixie closed its supermarket on U.S. Highway 280 in Phenix City several years ago. That space, across from Kmart, sat vacant until Tractor Supply Company opened there last fall.
Winn-Dixie is a subsidiary of supermarket company BI-LO Holdings, which purchased the chain following its 2005 Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization filing. The acquisition, announced in 2011, was completed in early 2012, with BI-LO relocating its own headquarters from Greenville, S.C., to Jacksonville, Fla., where Winn-Dixie is based.
At one time using the tagline, “The Beef People,” the downsized Winn-Dixie now operates more than 480 supermarkets in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to its website.
In the Columbus market, the chain competes primarily with Publix, Piggly Wiggly and Walmart.
WINN-DIXIE JOB FAIR
In anticipation of the need for more employees to staff the 6770 Veterans Parkway supermarket in Columbus, Winn-Dixie has scheduled a job fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at the store that is being remodeled.
The company said it is seeking applicants for a variety of positions, including management, cashiers, baggers, delicatessen and bakery workers, and the dairy, meat and seafood departments, and manager-level positions. It “strongly encourages” those interested in work to apply online at www.winndixie.com/careers before attending the job fair.