May 20, 2024 - Business

Winn-Dixie in Metairie to convert to Aldi, plus 9 other bits of New Orleans retail news

Photo shows the red building exterior of Winn-Dixie on Airline Highway in Metairie.

The Winn-Dixie store on Airline Highway in Metairie will be converted to an Aldi. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

Aldi's plans to convert Winn-Dixie locations into the more streamlined, German grocery stores has begun, starting in Metairie.

Why it matters: We knew some Winn-Dixies would change to Aldis after the company's sale last year, but we didn't know which ones.

The big picture: Southeastern Grocers on Monday confirmed the rumor swirling on social media — the Airline neighborhood store will close and convert to an Aldi.

  • All the employees have "choices throughout the process," spokesperson Meredith Hurley told Axios, but didn't say if they would be laid off or hired by Aldi.
  • She did not provide a timeline for the transition or say if any other local stores would convert.

Between the lines: It was business as usual at the store Monday. There are no signs up yet talking about Aldi, and a manager directed questions to corporate.

Catch up: Southeastern Grocers sold about 400 Winn-Dixie and Harvey Supermarket locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi to Aldi.

  • When the companies announced the sale last year, they said some stores would convert to Aldi locations, but didn't provide specifics.

By the numbers: Winn-Dixie operates 18 stores in metro New Orleans, while Aldi has five.

More retail news

📚 Barnes & Noble opened a new store in Elmwood in the former Kirkland's space. (Press release)

  • It's the first Barnes & Noble to open in New Orleans in more than 20 years, according to the company.

🎭 Southern Costume Co. is closing after 13 years. (Facebook)

👗 Le Marais, the new shop from Mariah Walton Bencik of West London Boutique, is now open in the Lower Garden District. (Instagram)

✨ Mr. Nola's Glitter has closed its retail location in Marrero and is transitioning to an online-only business. (Facebook)

🛒 Nesbit's Market is opening its fourth location next month at 427 Esplanade Avenue, the owner tells Axios.

🪑 Floor 13, a furniture and decor warehouse, reopened after a big renovation in Mid-City. (Facebook)

🧱 Bricks and Minifigs, a Lego buying and selling location, is now open in Old Metairie. (Details)

🪚 Harbor Freight expects to open a store next month at 4600 Chef Menteur Highway. (Details)

🧸 Create and Play Club, an indoor play space for parents and young children, is now open in Old Metairie. (Details)

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