South Florida’s biggest supermarket chains are trying to stay open for last minute supply runs before Hurricane Irma hits.
You can make Publix runs in Miami-Dade and Broward until 9 p.m. Friday and in Palm Beach County until noon Saturday. The five exceptions are in North Broward: All three stores in Deerfield Beach and two in Coconut Creek, 5365 Lyons Road and 4760 Hillsboro Blvd., will shut down noon Saturday.
Neither Winn-Dixie nor Sedano’s committed to exact closing times.
“We will continue to stock our stores and keep them open as long as we can do so safely for our associates,” Joe Caldwell, Southeastern Grocers corporate communications manager, wrote in an e-mail to the Miami Herald. “Every store is different, but there is no ‘cut off’ time for deliveries — they’ll be made as long as there’s staffing and it’s safe to do so.”
That includes not only Winn-Dixie, but Fresco Y Mas, Winn-Dixie’s Hispanic-flavored supermarket; Bi-Lo; and Harvey’s.
A Thursday afternoon statement from Sedano’s read, “Currently, our stores in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will remain open during regular business hours. We are in constant communication with local emergency management officials and will remain open while weather permits, and as long as it is safe for our employees.”