Shoppers Value working to bring flooded Winn-Dixie stores back into commerce

    A flooded Winn-Dixie on Old Hammond Highway will reopen as a Shoppers Value grocery store in late summer, the first of three flooded locations eyed for renovations by the local chain.

    Shoppers Value CFO Danielle Satawa says the company began work this week on renovating the former Winn-Dixie store at 13555 Old Hammond Highway. Shoppers Value is leasing the 52,000-square-foot space. Satawa says the Old Hammond location will be open in September.

    “It was just a void left in the community when Dixie left. They need a grocery store there,” Satawa says, adding new Shoppers Value location will employ 70 people. “We’re locally owned and based right here in Baton Rouge so it was a good fit.”

    The company is also renovating the flooded Winn-Dixie in Walker and a flooded Shoppers Value in Greenwell Springs, which Satawa expects to be open in that location by the end of the year.

    Shoppers Value sells all of its products at cost and then applies a 10% charge at the register, unlike the typical markup structure for grocery stores.

    The three locations—at Old Hammond Highway, Greenwell Springs and Walker—are the only Shoppers Value stores currently in the pipeline at the moment. When completed, it will bring the chain to 13 locations in the region. The company currently operates five locations in the Baton Rouge and surrounding area, three locations in Lafayette, one in Bogalusa and one in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

    —Sam Karlin

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