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Three Columbia County Food Lion stores close a week early

Posted: February 7, 2012 - 4:51pm  |  Updated: February 7, 2012 - 8:21pm
A woman looks at the closing notice on the front door of the Food Lion on Evans to Locks Road. The three Columbia County Food Lion stores closed a week early.  Tim Rauch
Tim Rauch
A woman looks at the closing notice on the front door of the Food Lion on Evans to Locks Road. The three Columbia County Food Lion stores closed a week early.

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The brown paper covering the windows indicates the closing of three Food Lion grocery stores in Columbia County, a week before their intended closing date.

In mid-January, the grocery chain’s parent company, Delhaize America, announced the closing of 113 of its underperforming Food Lion stores. Three of those were in Columbia County: 526 N. Belair Road, 3851 Evans to Locks Road and 4087 Old Petersburg Road.

Parking lots were empty, windows were covered and doors were locked Tuesday afternoon at all three locations. Food Lion corporate officials said the stores would all close Feb. 15 at the latest.

About 100 employees were affected by the closures.

The store closings are part of a corporate strategy by Delhaize America to strengthen its U.S. portfolio, which includes shutting down a Tennessee distribution center, eliminating the Food Lion name from Florida, and rebranding other stores into Food Lions in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Two of the three stores were less than 3 years old. The Evans To Locks Road store opened in October 2009. The Evans Exchange store opened in January 2009.

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Bobby Hill

Commercial development

More empty "box stores" and county officials conitnue to pitch commercial development. Unofficial web surveys supposedly suggest the need or desire for outlet malls in the county. Looks like spending habits paint a different picture....

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