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Old 11-12-2017, 07:34 AM
 
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The reason BiLo is failing is its corporate culture. Here a 2 examples that come to mind.

1-The Fairview Rd location has always had the same competitors in the area and never did much to distinguish itself. It drew a good client base without making any changes. The store layout had been pretty much the same since the day it opened 14 years ago. When it became known that Publix would be moving to a new building across from them, they did nothing. They waited essentially until the day after Publix opened before they decided they needed to take action to keep their customers. They reset their store and added some features but that is REACTIONARY. To keep its relevance, Bilo has to be the leader and innovate before the competition gets there or before its competitor innovates.

2-A few years ago, I was looking to switch jobs. I had been a manager in retail & food industry for over 10 years. I had a friend tell me to apply at Bilo. I went to an interview for what I thought was for a management position. It tuned out it was for an hourly position in one of the departments of the store. I asked why I was being considered for an hourly position and not management and there response was very telling on why they are struggling. "We promote from hourly associates. The associates get to learn our culture and when they get to management, they can keep the culture going". I commented: "That hinders bringing in new ideas and innovating." I left the interview at that point.
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Old 11-12-2017, 03:28 PM
 
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BI-LO has had difficulty filling hourly positions. Front end, deli, and grocery had constant turnover. (Associates were pulled from other departments to do responsibilities they lack experience and training.) Pay freezes were in effect for approximately three years. Store management teams did not provide direction and support to improve their store teams. Competition arrived to provide better alternatives for customers and associates.
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:27 PM
 
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So anyone have any idea when some of the Bi-Lo that are mention on here that is going to close? My neighbor works at one the of Bi-Lo and I have been hinting to her, but she doesn't believe it because no one have said anything about closing.
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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January could be the time to close stores. The holiday season will have passed. Stores up for closure could have less inventory to clear out.
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Old 11-12-2017, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Gray Court, SC
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So anyone have any idea when some of the Bi-Lo that are mention on here that is going to close? My neighbor works at one the of Bi-Lo and I have been hinting to her, but she doesn't believe it because no one have said anything about closing.
Short answer, no.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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BI-LO has had difficulty filling hourly positions. Front end, deli, and grocery had constant turnover. (Associates were pulled from other departments to do responsibilities they lack experience and training.) Pay freezes were in effect for approximately three years. Store management teams did not provide direction and support to improve their store teams. Competition arrived to provide better alternatives for customers and associates.
Before I had read these threads today, I ran into BiLo on Fairview Rd to get a few things. Asking the cashier how her day was going, she replied that she was quitting BiLo later this week due to not enough hours and no benefits.

The nice thing was that the store was not very busy!

I'm really enjoying shopping at Lidl now, but what I like at BiLo is their bakery. They have low prices on deserts which is a nice treat now and then!
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:32 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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BI-LO #5624, 699 Fairview Road, Simpsonville, South Carolina 29680-6706, was a nice store many years ago. I have not been there in ten years.

The trend of associates departing for not enough hours, no benefits, and probably not enough pay is not surprising.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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They currently have 2 BI-LO stores on Woodruff Rd. I wonder if one of these locations could be subject to close. As mentioned it seems the store at Butler Rd. may be a competitive disadvantage with Aldi, Lidl, Walmart, Fresh Market, and Publix nearby. Getting slammed at both the high and low ends with BI-LO stuck in the middle. And the Five Forks store competes with Publix and Lowe's Foods. I could see one of these stores perhaps closing.
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