Supermarket Chain Closing 126 Stores, 4 in NC

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- The parent company of Food Lion and other supermarket chains announced that it will close 18 stores in North and South Carolina as part of a company-wide restructuring.

Delhaize America, a Belgian company with U.S. headquarters in Salisbury, said Wednesday that it will close 126 stores across the southeast within a month. Most of those are Food Lion stores, but some Bottom Dollar Food and Bloom locations will also close their doors.

That means 14 Food Lions in South Carolina will shut down, along with three in North Carolina in Hendersonville, Weaverville, and Cary. A Bottom Dollar Food store will also close in Mooresville.

The company says the total job loss in the U.S. will be nearly 5,000, but didn't have a breakdown on how many workers will be laid off in the Carolinas.


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  • by RN Location: Pitt on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM
    Food Lion sucks !! I only shop at the Pig.
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM
    Food Lion's stores are very ambitiously managed. They seem to want to open one on every corner. I'm surprised we only have one in Chocowinity and two over in Washington, with as many as there are in Greenville. When business is good, Food Lion moves a lot of product. When it's not so good, those stores are taking customers from one another. 10th and Portertown, Firetower and Red Banks, etc. Close Portertown and close Firetower. Let Walmart and Harris Teeter have those corners, and build a better base where there isn't another grocery store for a mile. Red Banks is close to the newest Harris Teeter, but not quite close enough. Then open one on 33, just east of Grimesland, south side of the street. Get those people served, and move the best employees from the 2 closed stores there. People in Simpson would probably rather go to that than Walmart.
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      by larry on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to Eric
      i agree. i used to work for food lion in bridgeton. the customer service stinks. if you walk in for asstistance no one is there and maybe one cashier. the produce department stinks and yes you do see fruit flies and some of the lettuce is no good and the oranges are rotten. no in that store helps you,the reason they cut hours and no can help you. i shop on base at the commisary and get better service there then food lion or harris teeter or wal mart. just shut down the store in new bern and bridgeton we will all be better off without them.
  • by Paulie on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    No surprise Food Lion is closing stores. Upper management doesn't have a clue. Quoting Kathy Green "we don't advertise because we might create demand and have to build more stores." WTF! Demand is a bad thing for business?
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Jan 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM
    I Wish they would Close all the food lions in this area..That will be fine with me.I Used to spend about $100.00 a week there,butdo not any more. Meat dept is horrable,Beef Is Tough,Pork comes in Pre Packaged.Grocery Prices have been raised.Customer service at cash registers is bad also. Takes as long to get checked out at Food Lion as it does at Wal-mart.Now that says a lot!!! I am a Ex-food lion shopper & so are a lot of my friends. A real shame ,because this forces me to the High priced Harris Teeter or Wal-mart with all the congestion.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:36 PM
    Maybe it is their way of telling certain segments of our population to go shoplift someplace else! The "food deserts grow" under obama. Criminal piles of....
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    Food Lion Headquarters & Distric Managers have set policies that have destroyed Food Lion. "I Wish all the Food Lions would leave Greenville".All the Good Food Lion Managers i once knew are gone!!
  • by Occupy WM on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    Walmart is very monopolistic, a thief of US money, a Communist ally and "a predator company that is destroying our country".
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      by Investor on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:00 PM in reply to Occupy WM
      To - Occupy WM on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM - Get a education. Walmart is a publicly traded company owned buy Stock Shareholders!
  • by Thing of the past anymore on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
    Go to Piggly Wiggly in Plymouth.Sometimes they still have workers take your groceries out to your car.Didos on that issue,PIG! even though your produce sucks just like food lions.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 02:29 PM
    As a former employee, I can only say good riddance. When you trim front-end hours to skeleton crew levels, the customer service slacks. Compounded with their heinous increases in price (they are not alone on this) over the last few years, and you have a recipe for unhappy customers as well as unhappy employees, which reduces the bottom line of the company no matter what their business analysts may say.
  • by fred Location: martin co on Jan 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    Food Lion sucks,,they have high prices and never have but one cashier working,,hope they close,,,let someone else take over
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