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113 Food Lion Stores Closing

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Delhaize America plans to close 113 underperforming Food Lions stores and take other actions in the next 30 days to “strengthen” the company’s U.S. portfolio, resulting in job losses for approximately 4,900 associates.

In addition, Delhaize plans to: retire the Bloom banner; convert 64 Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia to Food Lion stores; close seven underperforming Bloom stores and six underperforming Bottom Dollar Food stores in overlapping Food Lion markets; convert one Food Lion store in Florida to a Harveys store; discontinue operations of its distribution center located in Clinton, Tenn., and accelerate the roll out of the Food Lion brand strategy in an additional 600 to 700 stores.

After the actions are complete, Food Lion will operate in 10 states and have 1,127 stores.

“Today’s actions will continue to solidify our U.S. operations and enable our company to focus on our successful brand strategy repositioning at Food Lion and the expansion of Bottom Dollar Food in new markets,” Ron Hodge, CEO of Delhaize America, said in a statement. “While these were difficult decisions given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, we believe these actions will enable us to better serve our customers in our markets with high density, while positioning the company for future growth.”

All affected stores will close within 30 days, and store conversions will begin immediately. A complete list of store closings is available here.

The company will provide severance to eligible associates and will work with government officials to assist with transition support, according to the news release. Associates also are encouraged to apply for open positions within the company. Most associates working at converted stores will continue to work at these locations, the news release adds.

Food Lion is based in Salisbury, N.C.

 

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