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Food Lion buys 62 BI-LO and Harveys Supermarket stores

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The Bi-Lo at 975 Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville is on the list of locations purchased by Food Lion. (Photo/Andy Owens)Food Lion has purchased 62 Bi-Lo and Harveys Supermarket stores from Southeastern Grocers to add to its growing food network. The company has already started recruitment to fill more than 4,650 jobs.

Of the acquired stores (.pdf). 38 are located in South Carolina, including in Summerville, Edisto Island, Columbia and Greenville, the company said in a news release.

Food Lion is a U.S. brand for Ahold Delhaize, a food retailer based in the Netherlands.

“We are thrilled to move forward to add these new locations to our more than 630 existing stores across Georgia and the Carolinas,” Food Lion President Meg Ham said. “Nourishing our neighbors with fresh, quality products at affordable prices is core to everything we do. We look forward to opening these stores early next year and welcoming our neighbors in these towns and cities into their new Food Lion.”

While the transaction is in progress, the stores will continue operations as Bi-Lo and Harveys Supermarket. The sale is expected to close between January and April 2021.

The news comes on the heels of Lowes, a Hickory, N.C. grocery store chain, buying 20 other Bi-Lo stores in South Carolina this September.

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