Remodeled Winn-Dixie holds open house Thursday evening

A major remodeling of the Winn-Dixie supermarket on Veterans Parkway in Columbus is complete. Now comes an open house Thursday evening, with food tastings, live entertainment and customer giveaways.

The open house takes place 6-7:30 p.m. at the 6770 Veterans Parkway store, located adjacent to the Lowe’s home-improvement warehouse in North Columbus Crossing Shopping Center.

Della Barber, a St. John & Partners public relations manager for Winn-Dixie, said a jazz band will play at the open house. There also will be a canned goods drive for Feeding the Valley, she said, with those donating an item receiving a mystery gift card with a monetary amount revealed after being swiped by the staff.

About $1 million was spent on renovating 62,244 square feet of space at the shopping center, according to a city building permit, with Winn-Dixie occupying 60,000 square feet of that.

Winn-Dixie said Monday the renovation will offer a “refreshed shopping experience,” with some departments expanded, new deli cases, a sub sandwich bar, a sushi bar and a lobster tank in the seafood department. There also is a new floral department, additional wine selection, and new checkouts and store decor.

“We are proud of this new store and what it represents — our promise to listen to our neighbors,” Winn-Dixie regional vice president Tim Flavin said in a statement. “Our team is pleased to unveil the newly remodeled Veterans Parkway store and its enhanced features.”

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.

Winn-Dixie is a subsidiary of supermarket company BI-LO Holdings. In the Columbus market, the chain competes primarily with Publix, Piggly Wiggly and Walmart.