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Old 10-05-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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Bloom's deals are actually quite competitive if you pay attention regularly.

I occasionally shop at the Verdae Village Super BI-LO and have been pleased overall. Depending on the needs, most of my grocery shopping lately is now done at Whole Foods Market, but they are obviously in a different class altogether. I generally prefer Publix over the other brands in the region, specifically because of their great customer service and quality products. With that said, they do not provide 24-hour service in the Upstate and for that reason I have spent a fair amount of money at Bloom, Super BI-LO, Ingles, and even Wal-Mart Supercenter. Food Lion has yet to make a worthy appeal to me, but then again their locations are not convenient to many of us in the Greenville area.

I do find it a bit disappointing that after so many years, the BI-LO name may finally disappear, much like the Winn-Dixie name a few years ago. I recall being very upset after BI-LO bought out the Welcome supermarket on Laurens Road. Now the table seems to have turned.
totally off topic but winn-Dixie was before my time, what happened to them? I still see more than a few local buildings that were obviously part of that chain around here, did they just close down or did someone buy them out and close the stores?
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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Refer to the summarized info at wikipedia. While the brand is not totally gone, it has completely disappeared from the Upstate.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:48 PM
 
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I suppose we should be happy that BILO isn't allowing what happened to winn dixie to happen to them, those empty storefronts they left behind are eyesores.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:57 PM
 
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One thing to keep in mind is that Bi-Lo is already in chapter 11. While many companies have come out of chapter 11 and survived for many years, most don't survive for the long haul. A quick search of large corporations shows that only about 50 percent actually come out of chapter 11, and only about half of those companies survive more than a few years after bankruptcy. That's a 25 - 30% long term survival rate, in a good economy.

Companies also tend to start shedding employees as part of reorganization, so jobs could be in jeopardy already regardless of a buyout.

While some in the corporate office may lose jobs, it may be better for the store level employees long term. It could mean better benefits and opportunities for promotion, being that Delhaize is a much larger corporation with a bunch of different brands.

Of course this isn't much consolation for those that do get laid off.

When Food Lion purchased Kash N' Karry here in Florida (in '96 or '97) they pretty much left the brand alone until they re branded it Sweetbay a couple of years ago. I think that some of the Food Lions that were still here were converted to K N' K stores as well, but most of the Food Lions were the ones that were closed.

It's also worth noting that the corporate headquarters for Sweetbay are still in Tampa where they were before Food Lion purchased them.
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:11 PM
 
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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One thing to keep in mind is that Bi-Lo is already in chapter 11. While many companies have come out of chapter 11 and survived for many years, most don't survive for the long haul. A quick search of large corporations shows that only about 50 percent actually come out of chapter 11, and only about half of those companies survive more than a few years after bankruptcy. That's a 25 - 30% long term survival rate, in a good economy.

Companies also tend to start shedding employees as part of reorganization, so jobs could be in jeopardy already regardless of a buyout.

While some in the corporate office may lose jobs, it may be better for the store level employees long term. It could mean better benefits and opportunities for promotion, being that Delhaize is a much larger corporation with a bunch of different brands.

Of course this isn't much consolation for those that do get laid off.

When Food Lion purchased Kash N' Karry here in Florida (in '96 or '97) they pretty much left the brand alone until they re branded it Sweetbay a couple of years ago. I think that some of the Food Lions that were still here were converted to K N' K stores as well, but most of the Food Lions were the ones that were closed.

It's also worth noting that the corporate headquarters for Sweetbay are still in Tampa where they were before Food Lion purchased them.

This was also true when Delhaize bought out Hannaford - the corporate office stayed in Scarborough, ME and was not downsized or merged.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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Have to agree with you Mycr60.........these people do not care about the unemployment rate in Greenville until it affects them! It is shameful and the worst part is that they don't even want those who have experienced the unemployment problems in Greenville to talk about it. As someone who went through months of looking for work in Greenville.......eventhough I am no longer in that situation I can still feel the pain of those who are being affected.

I hope that the change in ownership at Bi-Lo does not result in a higher unemployment rate in Greenville.....as you mentioned there are already too many people there out of work. I pray that things change, but until then I will be here in NYC and my home in Greenville will be just for vacation. While I was living in Greenville met a few people who worked there unloading trucks, a few of them have lost their jobs already and before the job losses Bi-Lo was only paying them $8 an hour anyway. The troubling thing about the job losses there is that when people lose their jobs where are they supposed to turn when there is really not a lot of other places to work??

www.greenvilleonline.com, go to:
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps...NESS/910030305

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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This was also true when Delhaize bought out Hannaford - the corporate office stayed in Scarborough, ME and was not downsized or merged.
All the naysayers who think we'll lose jobs, please read this post I just quoted.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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Right. Bloom is the upscale division of Food Lion. Most of the stores in the Greenville area are Bloom. There are a few Food Lions in the more rural areas of the county.

Blooms have sushi, a larger deli area, better brands, an organic section, higher end beers and wines, etc, etc.
Plus, Bloom has mix-and-match six packs of beer. That is always fun!
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:02 PM
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This was also true when Delhaize bought out Hannaford - the corporate office stayed in Scarborough, ME and was not downsized or merged.
I actually know of at least one person who worked in the Corporate office in Scarborough who didn't stay. However, they were given a great compensation package to move to NC to work in the Food Lion Corporate office.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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So Bi-Lo stores will be re-branded.

Less competition means higher prices....wonderful.
The new Food Lion stores are awesome. They definitely give Publix a run for their money. Now they just need to remodel the older stores. I have to hand it to them though that even their older stores are very clean and not cluttered. On the other hand, Bi Lo has really gone down hill. The stores show their age. Even stores that are less than 10 years old look bad. BiLo needs to be restructured. I think Food Lion is a great choice to buy BiLo and I think they will bring these rundown stores up to par. I also never really like the BiLo name. Food Lion sounds much better and Blooms is a very trendy catchy name as well. Delhaize has came along way over the last 5 years.
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