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.