St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster has asked Sweetbay not to close its Midtown supermarket, one of the 33 that the Delhaize-owned chain announced it would shut down statewide in February.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that, in a letter, Foster asked that Sweetbay at least delay the closure for six months. He said the city has a lot invested in the store, including several million to acquire land in the area and more than $1 million to build out the inside of the store itself.
Foster sent the letter to Sweetbay officials in Tampa, North Carolina and Belgium.
“Midtown residents are proud of this store and they have taken a sense of ownership and pride in Sweetbay’s presence,” Foster wrote in the letter.
Sweetbay officials have said the store was not doing well in terms of sales although Foster said he was unaware of its struggles.
In the featured photo at top: The Midtown Sweetbay store in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo by Kathleen Cabble/Tampa Bay Business Journal)