Jul 8, 2013 4:32 AM by AP
Grocery chain Winn-Dixie says it will close its store in Bogalusa on Jan. 1, but Mayor Charles Mizell tells The Daily News he hasn't given up hope of convincing the company to stay in the city.
Winn-Dixie Manager Mike Piazza says store's lease in Pine Tree Plaza will not be renewed and it will close, but he declined to comment further.
Corporate officials did not respond to requests for information.
Mizell says the city is "extending whatever resources are available" to keep the store here, but he says he has not received a response from Winn-Dixie.
Mizell says he is saddened to hear that Winn-Dixie may be leaving but understands it's a corporate decision.