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Old 10-05-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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Here comes an increase in our unemployment rate. Delhaize is Food Lion and it would be my guess that many at BI-LO will soon be unemployed.

Delhaize to Buy Bi-Lo for $425 Million
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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I hope not, but this has the potential to be really bad for our area. Not only are we talking about the loss of jobs, but Bi-Lo donates a lot of money to charities in the Western Carolina's. Let's hope and pray that this new company considers the impact they will have. I don't shop at Bi-Lo but they have to be nicer and cleaner that the Food Lion stores are.
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Old 10-05-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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Delhaize said it intends to integrate Bi-Lo into its Food Lion division.
So Bi-Lo stores will be re-branded.

Less competition means higher prices....wonderful.
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Old 10-05-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I like Food Lion and especially Bloom but I hope this doesn't happen also.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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So Bi-Lo stores will be re-branded.

Less competition means higher prices....wonderful.
there is really no food lion stores in the area, so doesn't that mean the competition will be about the same?? not to say that this would be a good thing, I really know nothing about food lion, and was never a big fan of bilo, I was just curious.

P.S. while I like the idea of the bloom stores, I shopped at the one on Pleasantburg and the one in Anderson, not that impressed. I guess you pay for all that extra technology, because everything is overpriced. I had a terrible experience at the one in Greenville, actually ended up speaking with the Head Manager and the District manager, who were both very pleasant and promised to address the poor customer service I received. but the damage was done and I won't be likely to want to shop there in the suture.

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Old 10-05-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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When I lived in Maine - Delhaize bought out the Hannaford chain there and people feared they would change everything for the worse - but they left the chain pretty much as is and actually improved or replaced some older stores.

I would like to think they would keep the Bi-Lo name since it is well-recognized here and do the same due to their past performance. Maybe even convert Food Lions over to Bi-Los. I do like the Bloom chain which some of us transplants call "Hannaford South".

Keeping fingers crossed
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I love how the OP made it seem like this is a done deal when it's not. How do you know the unemployment rate would increase OP? Where does it say that they're planning on closing any stores?
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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I love how the OP made it seem like this is a done deal when it's not. How do you know the unemployment rate would increase OP? Where does it say that they're planning on closing any stores?
well gman I think we all know how the OP feels about employment in Greenville. just look at his/her status.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Delhaize said it intends to integrate BI-LO's shops into its Food Lion chain of shops.

The Associated Press: Belgium's Delhaize in talks for BI-LO assets

Nothing about stores closing there. Good point Noodles. Some people act like they can't find a job. LOL. That is BS. I saw now hiring signs in front of Stax's, Toys R Us, and other places this past weekend.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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I love how the OP made it seem like this is a done deal when it's not. How do you know the unemployment rate would increase OP? Where does it say that they're planning on closing any stores?
No, this is not a done deal but the potential for the unemployment relates to the offices of BI-LO which are located right here in Mauldin. You seem to forget them; if FoodLion integrates the operation into their own the office is empty in Mauldin. The stores will probably run just the same as they have before but I would imagine most of the people in the office will be looking for work. Our town does not need many more 100's of people looking for work in the near future.

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well gman I think we all know how the OP feels about employment in Greenville. just look at his/her status.
I am quickly losing respect for you noodles! Unemployment in this area is a serious problem which affects about 20 people that I know right now right here in the Upstate...if the BI-LO office closes it will be about 50 people that I know. I'm sorry you don't see it since you are now employed but Greenville has not hit bottom yet and it could end up affecting you in the end.
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