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Winn-Dixie just got in touch with its inner yuca

Several Winn-Dixies in South Florida were renamed Fresco y Más, offering consumers more variety on Hispanic products.
Several Winn-Dixies in South Florida were renamed Fresco y Más, offering consumers more variety on Hispanic products.

Winn-Dixie on Wednesday relaunched several of its supermarkets to focus on South Florida Hispanics.

Five markets, renamed Fresco y Más — Spanish for “fresh and more” — were rolled out across South Florida.

On Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting at a Westchester Winn-Dixie marked the start of the expansion with that store and other rebranded locations in West Miami-Dade, Kendall, Miami Gardens and West Palm Beach.

The first store to be revamped by Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, opened in June on West 49th Street in Hialeah.

“We have been listening to our Fresco y Más customers in Hialeah and have tailored additional stores to reflect our customers’ personality,” said Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “Each Fresco y Más store features a wider array of Hispanic items our customers told us is important to them — an expanded product assortment, great low prices and new features, including a full-service Latin Butcher shop.”

The revamped stores are focused on a lower prices and promotions on everyday items such as mango nectar, frozen yuca, chorizo and espresso.

The Fresco y Más expansion is adding 300 jobs across the six new stores, according to the company.

Fresco y Más isn’t alone in the Latin-flavored supermarket market. Winn-Dixie is competing with Sabor, the Latin-flavored Publix offshoot, and Sedano’s.

The five new store locations are:

▪ 948 SW 67th Ave. in Westchester

▪ 5850 NW 183rd St. in Miami Gardens

▪ 14555 SW 42nd St. in West Miami-Dade

▪ 15050 SW 72nd St. in Kendall

▪ 2675 S. Military Trail in West Palm Beach

The revamped stores include a wider selection of tropical fruit and a “Cocina” (kitchen) offering daily from-scratch specials. They also feature cafes and bilingual signs.

Southeastern Grocers, with more than 50 Winn-Dixie supermarkets in Miami-Dade, opened its first area store in Hialeah in 1959.

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