Reports: Shakeup at Delhaize Group continues with Sweetbay store closures

BRUSSELS — The Delhaize Group shakeup continues as news circulates that its Sweetbay Supermarket division will shutter 33 underperforming stores in Florida by mid-February, according to a report on Tampa Bay Online.

The closures, which are part of a broader reorganization plan, will results in the loss of about 2,000 jobs in Florida and changes for its pharmacy customers. Following the closures, Sweetbay will operate 72 locations.

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in 11 countries on three continents. At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,452 stores. In the United States, that includes about 1,500 stores under such banners as Sweetbay, Hannaford and Food Lion.

The news of the store closures comes on the heels of a restructuring of senior management. Last week it was revealed that Delhaize America cut 25% of its executive ranks and internally unveiled a new structure that includes about 50 officers, the Salisbury Post reported. Some of the positions were eliminated, some are new and others remain the same. The moves mean that about 80% of Delhaize America officers will be located in Salisbury.

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