Food Lion Closing Stores

January 12, 2012 by staff 

Food Lion Closing StoresFood Lion Closing Stores, Delhaize America, the parent company of Food Lion, announced today that several stores and distribution centers would be closing. Among the stores are Food Lion locations on East Main Street in Johnson City and East Andrew Johnson, Greeneville. The company stated the move is intended to strengthen its U.S. portfolio.

A total of 113 stores will be closed, primarily in areas in which the company has the least number of stores, along with seven “Bloom” stores and six “Bottom Dollar Food” stores that are located in overlapping Food Lion markets. One Food Lion store in Florida is being converted to a “Harveys” store.

Also announced was the closure of distribution center located in Clinton, Tenn.

A press release issued today stated the company plans to “accelerate the roll out of the Food Lion brand strategy in an additional 600 to 700 stores.”

After these 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,” said Ron Hodge, CEO of Delhaize America. “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.

As a result of these actions, approximately 4,900 associates will be displaced. The company will provide severance to eligible associates, and will work with government officials to assist with transition support. Associates are also encouraged to apply for open positions within the company. Most associates working at converted stores will continue to work at these locations.

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