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Food Lion closing three Columbia County stores

Posted: January 12, 2012 - 10:32am  |  Updated: January 12, 2012 - 4:40pm
The Food Lion by the Home Depot at Belair and Washington roads is one of three stores in the county slated to close.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
The Food Lion by the Home Depot at Belair and Washington roads is one of three stores in the county slated to close.

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Three Columbia County Food Lion stores will be closing, company officials announced Wednesday.

As part of a decision to strengthen its U.S. portfolio, Food Lion parent company Delhaize America will be closing 126 of its grocery stores.

Two of the three grocery stores to close in Columbia County were built less than three years ago, 526 N. Belair Road in Evans and 3851 Evans To Locks Road in Martinez. The company is also shutting down the store at 4087 Old Petersburg Road in Martinez.

All stores will close within 30 days.

“Food Lion is focused on repositioning our business for future growth,” said Food Lion President Cathy Green Burns. “By closing underperforming stores, we will continue to position Food Lion for success, especially in light of our brand strategy results.”

Food Lion is the anchor tenant in the Shoppes at Petersburg on Old Petersburg Road and Village at Furys Ferry on Evans To Locks Road. The third is in the Home Depot-anchored Evans Exchange, which has been owned since 2010 by a Phoenix firm called Cole Real Estate Investments.

Columbia County will still have Food Lions at 5157 Columbia Road and 806 Lewiston Road, Grovetown.

Delhaize is converting 64 Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia to Food Lion stores and then retiring the Bloom name. Also, Food Lion is disappearing as a brand in Florida. Its stores there will be known as Harveys and Sweetbay.

The company is also shutting down its distribution center in Clinton, Tenn.

In all, Delhaize will be laying off 4,900 workers. The company will provide severance to eligible workers and is encouraging affected workers to apply for job openings at other stores.

Company officials in Salisbury, N.C., have not yet said how many employees will be affected locally.

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Comments (5)

Riverman1

No Problem

They built a pretty little shopping center on Evans to Lock. I need a gym closer to my house anyway. Someone will use the building for something.

fastz28girl

Such a waste of space at

Such a waste of space at Evans to Lock & Fury's Ferry. The citizens pleaded with commissioners NOT to build in this location. Since the construction and the opening, there has been 2 anchor stores, Food Lion being one and Little Cesars the other, that has opened along with 3 other small stores. Now, with Food Lion closing, we will be faced with the vacant strip mall, only to encourage other issues in our county. SHAME on you Columbia County Commissioners.

Barry Paschal

That information is not correct, fastz28girl

The developer in this project asked the county to allow a larger anchor store; the commissioners DENIED that request and sided with the residents who opposed increasing the size allowed for this zoning. The developer lost his original anchor (Kroger) and built the project under the constraints the residents demanded, and this failure is a result. You have no reason to criticize the commissioners in this case; the residents got their way. (I hope you understand that the government doesn't "build" commercial projects, and they didn't build this one.)

Riverman1

The Intent of the Residents...

When the residents asked the Commission not to allow construction of a large grocery store, I don't believe they had in mind a slightly smaller one. I'd guess the intent was none.

But you mean the Commissioners actually listen to the residents about what can be built in various locations? News to me.

Barry Paschal

Grocery store

The developer was asking for a variance to allow a larger box. The commissioners denied it. There never was an option of "none," and the residents new that.

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