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Old 01-09-2014, 09:17 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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If you think that store is bad, stop by the store out near Donaldson (7616 Augusta Road Piedmont, SC 29673). The "Moonville" store looks like it was built in the early/mid 70s and left untouched since then. The inside still has the almond green / harvest gold motif of that era. I would have thought the new Food Lion down the road would spur them to remodel the store but it remains unchanged, a throwback to the 70s.
Regardless if it is the oldest location in operation, Ingle's store 29 does a lot of business and outperforms Food Lion down the road. Any replacement for store 29 will help Food Lion operate one less store.

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Yes I would like to see Harris Teeter return to Upstate SC. Their stores in NC are very nice. Now that Kroger is operating Harris Teeter, maybe they will consider expanding in this area again. Possibly with a BI-LO buyout. As I don't see a merger with a declining Winn Dixie as a long term path to profitability for BI-LO.
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BiLo has already been bought out by Winn Dixie. They have already changed most of the private label items to WD brands. I don't see the feasibility of WD reselling BiLo to Kroger so that it could be rebranded to HT. HT is much more upscale than BiLo and targets more of the same customer as Publix, in my opinion. When HT closed in Greenville before, most of the employees from HT went to work for Publix in the stores near me.
Bi-Lo acquired Winn Dixie and created a holding company for both chains, Southeastern Grocers. They are one entity.

Kroger acquiring Southeastern Grocers would make sense. It would gain immediate entry into Florida and infill in the Carolinas.

Southeastern Grocers is struggling. The closure of Bi-Lo store 5012 (505 North Main Street, Greenville, SC) is the start of other stores closing.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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Regardless if it is the oldest location in operation, Ingle's store 29 does a lot of business and outperforms Food Lion down the road. Any replacement for store 29 will help Food Lion operate one less store.





Bi-Lo acquired Winn Dixie and created a holding company for both chains, Southeastern Grocers. They are one entity.

Kroger acquiring Southeastern Grocers would make sense. It would gain immediate entry into Florida and infill in the Carolinas.

Southeastern Grocers is struggling. The closure of Bi-Lo store 5012 (505 North Main Street, Greenville, SC) is the start of other stores closing.
Already many BI-LO stores in Rock Hill and Charlotte have closed and are being converted to Publix. Which leads me to speculate that more BI-LO closings may be yet to come. As Charlotte is a large market and the BI-LO presence there is dramatically declining.
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:43 PM
 
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Already many BI-LO stores in Rock Hill and Charlotte have closed and are being converted to Publix. Which leads me to speculate that more BI-LO closings may be yet to come. As Charlotte is a large market and the BI-LO presence there is dramatically declining.
If Kroger acquires Bi-Lo/Winn Dixie, there would be several stores conflicting in existing markets like Charleston and Charlotte with Harris Teeter and Columbia, Aiken and Augusta with Kroger. As several Piggly Wiggly Carolina stores were acquired by Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter this year, those could be the first to close or sold.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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If you think that store is bad, stop by the store out near Donaldson (7616 Augusta Road Piedmont, SC 29673). The "Moonville" store looks like it was built in the early/mid 70s and left untouched since then. The inside still has the almond green / harvest gold motif of that era. I would have thought the new Food Lion down the road would spur them to remodel the store but it remains unchanged, a throwback to the 70s.
This Moonville store was built in 1978 or 79 and I agree, they haven't done a thing to it since then except finally replacing the shopping carts with some newer used ones from another store. Even the sign on the building has faded from red to pink. There have been rumors for years that they are going to expand. Right now every other store in the complex has moved out, but still no signs of them expanding and remodeling.

Worse yet is they can't seem to manage to even carry milk with a decent "purchase-by" date.

At this point, all they are doing is destroying their brand image with this horrible store.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I think the Moonville store is great the way it is. Kind of nostalgia in a way.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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This Moonville store was built in 1978 or 79 and I agree, they haven't done a thing to it since then except finally replacing the shopping carts with some newer used ones from another store. Even the sign on the building has faded from red to pink. There have been rumors for years that they are going to expand. Right now every other store in the complex has moved out, but still no signs of them expanding and remodeling.

Worse yet is they can't seem to manage to even carry milk with a decent "purchase-by" date.

At this point, all they are doing is destroying their brand image with this horrible store.
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I think the Moonville store is great the way it is. Kind of nostalgia in a way.
Ingle's store 29 is indeed a great vintage store. Not many stores in that exact design remain. Former store 38 (2795 East Main Street, Spartanburg) was identical before being replaced by the present adjacent store. Store 78 (3219 Taylorsville Road, Statesville, North Carolina) is also identical and is in operation. Regardless of its age, store 29 is in a very good location and does a lot of business.

I do not see store 29 expanding in its current form. Replacing it with a larger store would be the way to go. Ingle's Markets do own many shopping centers with their stores as tenants. I wonder if store 29 is one of them. If so, and if they own land behind the store, then the site would be able to accommodate a new store.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:47 PM
 
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Some blogger.. I stumbled across his site when reading about the old Regency Mall in Augusta which I read about after reading about Dixie Square Mall in Illinois (The mall they filmed The Blues Brothers chase scene at) called the Ingles of that vintage "Disco Ingles".. Which seems kind of fitting.

Sky City: Southern Retail Then and Now: The Last Disco Ingles: Hendersonville, NC

Above is a link to the blog entry about the Hendersonville "Disco Ingles"

I do remember the style... Ingles was the place to shop in Abbeville when I was growing up.. The Winn-Dixie there in town was tiny, the Bi-Lo was way out by what was then the Pirelli plant. And, of course, remember when Bi-Lo had the cows atop the stores? Abbeville had that, and the location that's now the Golf Cart store off 385 in Fountain Inn.. Many years ago that was a Bi-Lo (Either that, or the church/club/vacant area in that center was a Bi-Lo) and it had the cows on the roof.. I always heard rumors that they stopped putting the cows on the roof because people would steal them.. No idea if that's actually true or not.

When they finally replaced the old "Disco Ingles" with a modern store in.. I'd say around 1999 or 2000... It was big news in a little town like that. Last I saw.. The old Ingles building was being leased to the USPS in Abbeville, because the old post office was condemned.

Still.. I thought LSD had gone out of style by the 70's and crack didn't make it big until the 80's.. Looking at the pictures in that blog and remembering "Disco Ingles"... One of their store designers was apparently a holdover or ahead of his time.. Because there had to be some form of drug involved to design that..
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Ingle's store 77 (625 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, North Carolina) in its disco form will not be around much longer.

Proposed Ingles to replace Spartanburg Highway store | BlueRidgeNow.com

The other "disco" Ingle's remaining in upstate South Carolina is store 203, 410 West Third Street, Gaffney.

Ingle's store 56 (1506 North Main Street, Abbeville) was replaced earlier around 1995 or 1996. Its video department closed recently to make way for the new pharmacy department.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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I think the Moonville store is great the way it is. Kind of nostalgia in a way.
Nostalgia is great, but run down and seedy is a whole different animal.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:04 PM
 
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In regards to Ingle's store 42 in Mauldin, there were several vehicles parked outside and some people inside the former Big Lots this afternoon. When a structure is about to be demolished, contractors would be inside planning the project.
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