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Former Earth Fare grocery store in Lakewood Ranch to become a Winn-Dixie

John Hielscher
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Winn-Dixie will open a grocery store next month in the former Earth Fare location in Lakewood Ranch.

The Lakewood Ranch store is one of four slated to open Nov. 11 in Florida by Southeastern Grocers Inc., the parent of Winn-Dixie and other grocery chains.

Earth Fare, an organic and specialty grocer, began closing most of its Florida stores in February after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Winn-Dixie also is replacing Earth Fare locations in Boynton Beach and Jacksonville, as well as in a former Lucky’s Market in Gainesville.

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The Lakewood Ranch store is in the Green at Lakewood Ranch mixed-use center at 11525 State Road 70 E.

The openings come at a time of heated competition in the grocery business. Southeastern Grocers

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