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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