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The BI-LO In Pisgah Forest Will Close On April 11 – Pisgah Forest, NC


Last updated 3/29/2021 at 1:54pm

The BI-LO grocery store in Pisgah Forest will close April 11, according to company officials, but plans for the building haven’t been revealed yet.

According to Joe Caldwell, with corporate communications and government relations for Southeaster Grocers (SEG), Inc., the parent company of BI-LO, “strategic options” had been explored before closing the BI-LO.

As of October 2020, the company had operated 39 supermarkets under the BI-LO brand in South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina.

In June 2020, SEG announced a “series of transactions that will ensure the company” can support the “long-term growth of its core banners,” which, according to the press release, meant no longer operating stores under the BI-LO banner “to allow for greater investment in growing the Fresco y Mas, Harvey Supermarket and Winn-Dixie banners.”

SEG sold 62 stores, including 46 BI-LO and 16 Harvey Supermarkets, to Food Lion, a subsidiary of Alhold Delhaize, a leading food retailer based in the Netherlands, which itself acquired Food Lion in 1974.

It’s not clear if the Pisgah Forest BI-LO was one of the stores sold to Food Lion, which has a store in Brevard.

Food Lion has more than 1,000 stores in 10 southeastern and mid-Atlantic states and employs 77,000 associates.

“Food Lion expects to hire more than 4,650 associates to serve customers at the 62 new stores,” according to a press release. “The stores will remain open as BI-LO and Harveys Supermarket until the transaction is complete, which is expected to take place over a staggered period from January to April 2021, pending regulatory approval and customary closing requirements.

“Food Lion plans to operate all the stores under the Food Lion banner.”


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