The grocery news out of the Carolinas keeps on coming.
Publix Super Markets Inc. and Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, this morning said they have entered into an agreement under which Publix is expected to purchase seven Bi-Lo-branded stores in North and South Carolina. The transaction is projected to close in October 2013 and includes seven leased stores as well as major equipment. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Publix has a strong financial foundation that allows us to aggressively grow throughout existing markets and our new Charlotte Division,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Publix offers differentiating services we know our customers have come to expect from us like premier service, valuable savings, quality products and knowledgeable associates. We’re excited to continue building life-long relationships with our Carolina customers and communities.”
Bi-Lo Holdings President and CEO Randall Onstead added, “We have and will continue to fine-tune our company and network of stores so that we can reinvest in what matters most for our customers. Examples are our recent announcements to acquire 165 stores from Delhaize Group and 22 stores from Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. This process is helping us fuel our long-term strategy of providing the freshest foods and the best deals to a broader base of customers. Where we are refining our store footprint with this transaction, we will ensure impacted associates are treated respectfully and can pursue other open positions in nearby stores.” The Bi-Lo-branded stores that Publix will acquire from Bi-Lo Holdings include:
• 8120 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, N.C.
• 12810 York Rd., Charlotte, N.C.
• 9815 Rose Commons Dr., Huntersville, N.C.
• 158 Hwy. 274, Lake Wylie, S.C.
• Fincher Farm Rd., Matthews, N.C.
• 1735 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill, S.C.
• 2186 Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, S.C.
Grand opening dates for the locations will depend on the scope of the remodels. The acquisition will allow Publix to further enhance its footprint in the company’s Charlotte Division. The company continues to look at aggressive growth in the North Carolina market.
Today’s announcement comes just a day after Jacksonville, Fla.-based Bi-Lo Holdings announced that it planned to purchase 22 stores in South Carolina and coastal Georgia from Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix plans to open its first North Carolina stores in 2014.