The former Homosassa Save-A-Lot has closed to make way for a new discount grocery store: Hitchcock’s Market.
If you’ve never heard of it, you’re probably not alone. The chain has about 11 stores in rural areas throughout Florida, but none around Tampa Bay. The closest ones are in Alachua and Levy counties, including Williston. The chain was sold to the Minnesota-based SuperValu store franchise in 2018.
On its website, Hitchcock’s prides itself as having “clean, well-stocked, quality products and service-driven food stores just like the city folks (have).”
Roy Seepersaud, former owner of the Homosassa Save-A-Lot, faced financial difficulties soon after injecting $700,000 of his own money to open in 2017 at Homosassa Square, at the corner of U.S. 19 and West Yulee Drive.
It didn’t work out and in May 2019, Seepersaud cut ties with the Save-A-Lot name. While working through legal channels to disassociate himself with Save-A-Lot, Seepersaud put up an IGA sign. But IGA, when it found out, made him take it down because he didn’t follow official procedures.
For the past several months, Seepersaud had been operating under the name Suncoast Marketplace.
Then in October 2019, Seepersaud — who owed the landlord of the plaza $84,587 in back rent — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
“We were forced out by the landlord by Dec. 31 and were not given time to work (on a resolution),” Seepersaud said.
He declined to comment further at this time.
A representative with the plaza’s landlord, Coastal Equities in Tampa, declined to comment because it’s a legal matter.
Hitchcock’s will be hiring soon. If interested, send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 386-462-2284.