What Should Replace These St. Pete Sweetbay Supermarkets?

The grocery chain closed three of its St. Petersburg locations this week. Will you miss them? What businesses should take their place?

Now that three Sweetbay Supermarkets in St. Petersburg have closed because of what the company called underwhelming sales, what do you think should replace them?

Mayor Bill Foster said he has already had discussions with other grocery vendors to help fill the space vacated by the Midtown Sweetbay after city leaders' last-ditch effort to save it failed.

What would you like to see move into that location, at 1794 22nd St. S.?

Two other local Sweetbay stores, at 6095 Ninth Ave. N. and 955 62nd Ave. S., have also been shuttered. Will you miss them? What should take their place?

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Ashon Nesbitt February 10, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Save-a-Lot would work well in any of these locations, both for size and price. Pinellas Point is well-served by two Publix's, so a lower-priced option would be a good addition. The same applies to the Tyrone Gardens location, as it would be a lower-priced option to Winn Dixie. Stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are most likely to build downtown or along the 4th Street N corridor, just like Fresh Market. There are whispers that both are looking downtown.
Sandy Heins February 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM
I don't think Trader Joes, Whole Foods have been the down fall of Sweetbay. Neither one of those stores are anywhere around here. I think Publix sunk them. Publix is a great store, clean wide aisles, etc. They bought all the Albertsons and revamped all those stores. And one other thing, Sav a Lot is too close to Sweetbay. I think it is only 2-3 miles on 9 and 9th.
Ryan Cobin February 13, 2013 at 03:26 PM
While stationed in San Antonio, TX, I lived within walking distance to both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Bringing in a Trader Joe's in that location would be a great fit. The prices are nearly always lower than their competitors and their food is healthy and appealing. They would also draw additional traffic into the area. The only drawback would be than many food staples are not offered in the larger packaging that larger families want for convenience. A Whole Foods would not be a good fit because their higher prices would defeat the purpose of an affordable grocer in the midtown area.
Ted Bell March 02, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Having been born and raised in St. Petersburg, I feel that have a fairly decent feel for the layout and market demand in this city. As far as the midtown location is concerned, it's probably going to be quite a while before (if ever) another full-scale grocery store will occupy that location due to the high crime rate in that particular area. Being a local contractor, I have frequently passed by that store at almost all times of the day and the parking lot was usually packed. This tells me one thing: If a store isn't having issues filling the parking lot, there must be too much merchandise walking out the door without being paid for. Any future investors will certainly be able to figure this out also. BAD AREA... PERIOD. Now, about the 9th Avenue North location; It seems to me that this would be of prime interest to Walmart for one of their grocery stores. It would place them in direct competition with the nearby Winn-Dixie and Publix stores. I believe this could be a win-win situation for both the neighborhood and Walmart. Ted Bell
Coy M. LaSister March 28, 2013 at 02:34 AM
As a recent community resident of St. Petersburg, Florida and a whoilesale food market professional, I would like to see a Whole Foods Market or similiar brand frest food market developed at the former Sweetbay Supermarket site in Midtown. As an advocate for locally grown fresh produce and healthy food products, I would like the Mid-town community to come together again to direct the State Representative Darryl Rouson, Mayor Bill Foster, City Councilman Karl Nurse and local NAACP, Urban League and other urban agriculture advocates like me to develop a working task force with a short definitive deliverables to explore all the options and opportunities for a new food market. Rather than allow the current physical plant landlord and the city land owner to dictate the future at this site, the community needs to tell them what the community wants and willing to pay for in terms of affordable healthy fresh food and healthy food products. I think knowing what you want the community in unity can now approach Whole Foods, Walmarts and other with a clear agenda as to getting the best choice and right fit for this community food market economic development opportunity. Coy M. LaSister Executive Director Assisted Living Community Gardens, Inc. St. Petersburg, Florida


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