A Winn-Dixie that is one of a few stores that anchors the Riverwalk Plaza in Boynton Beach is expected to close Tuesday.
The store has been in the location since about the 1990s. At 59,960 square feet, it’s the largest parcel in the plaza at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road.
“That store was one of the stores that was identified as an under-performing store,” said Winn-Dixie PR specialist Mayra Hernandez.
The Boynton location is the fourth and final of a group of locations that have closed over the past few months. The other locations are on Forest Hill Boulevard in suburban West Palm Beach, Broadway in Riviera Beach and West 45th Street in Mangonia Park.
Hernandez said Winn-Dixie stores usually have between 50 and 60 employees. Those employees could be transferred to another store or will have an opportunity to apply for a position elsewhere, she said.
While the store is decorated with signs that tell customers the location is closing, it still took shoppers by surprise Thursday.
“It’s closing?” questioned shopper Nerlande Dodin.
Dodin said she shops at both Winn-Dixie and the Publix across the street in the Sunshine Square plaza.
“I use my coupons, trying to get the best deal,” she said.
The 117,000-square-foot Riverwalk Plaza, owned by Isram Realty Group, is also home to Joann’s Fabrics, Walgreens and the Prime Catch restaurant.
Prime Catch owner Luke Therien said he’d like to see a business go in the space that will move Boynton Beach “forward.”
“I think Boynton Beach is ready for a place like Whole Foods or a Fresh Market,” Therien said.
The back of the Winn-Dixie faces the Intracoastal Waterway. Therien said past plaza owners have had a vision of using that space more efficiently.
“You’ve got a beautiful Intracoastal Waterway hidden by bushes and Dumpsters,” he said.