Belle Foods has announced the successful completion of its acquisition of 57 Southern Family Markets stores located in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Belle Foods will take over store operations as of July 1. Its plan going forward is to bring back the family-owned theme that once made these stores so special when the Bruno family owned many of them. The stores’ focus will be on the core grocery business, and to provide a feeling that family and community really do come first, according to a news release.
Belle Foods President and CEO Bill White says he “sees great growth potential for the company and its employees,” a sentiment that is echoed by a team of industry veterans White hand picked from previous collaborations in different parts of the country, creating a senior management team that is well versed in vision as well as execution. Belle Foods will continue to use C&S Wholesale Grocers as its main distributor.
Max Henderson Jr., president of Southern Family Markets, says, “We are very excited about the completion of this transaction, the long-term view that Bill White and his son Jeff are taking going forward, and their strong commitment toward community involvement. Their vision, combined with our associates’ knowledge, experience and dedication should prove to be a great and winning combination.”
“Belle Foods is eager to begin serving the community and building great relationships with all of our current and future shoppers,” says White. “We are not just looking for where sales will come from next week. We are looking at how we can build a company that will last in these communities for the next 60 years.”
Belle Foods is a family-owned neighborhood grocer with 57 stores in four Southern states, originated by the father-son team of Bill and Jeff White.