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Old 02-26-2019, 02:40 PM
 
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Labonte18:

Where did BI-LO's problems under Ahold begin? I am thinking the acquisition of Bruno's is a start.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:17 PM
 
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Labonte18:

Where did BI-LO's problems under Ahold begin? I am thinking the acquisition of Bruno's is a start.

I can't tell you the specifics.. I think the initial fall started, long ago.. Mid 90's to early 2000's.. Which does coincide with your Bruno's thought.. So, not positive that was the reason, but i'd agree with you on the timeframe. And that could be coincidental. Remember that Bi-lo now has basically the oldest stores in the area. Most Ingles were rebuilt in the late 90's to mid 2000's.. Other than our favorite Disco Ball Ingles down in Moonville.. Publix and others are new to the area.. Winn-Dixie has left.. With most Bi-Lo stores being early to late 80's construction... They're just the old and run down stores now.

And.. Holy crap.. Ok.. I just read up on the ownership history, and i'm way off here. I thought Ahold picked them up in the early to mid 90's.. I just read it was 77.. Which.. Confuses me a bit.. Ahold has done fine with Giant.. So, i've obviously gotten mixed up on the times.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:27 PM
 
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BI-LO expanded through Ahold's acquisitions of Red Food (1994) and Bruno's Supermarkets (2001) and organically across central North Carolina. If BI-LO continued its growth in North Carolina, Ahold could have acquired an existing participant in the Raleigh-Durham area and further expand across eastern North Carolina.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:41 PM
 
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I think that Bi-Lo just missed the boat when Harris Teeter came to Greenville the first time, and then when Publix moved in. Bi-Lo was left as the "mediocre" grocery store. Until the early '90s, all Greenville had was a bunch of Bi-Los, Ingles (which I never went to), Winn-Dixie (which was a dump) and one Fresh Market (E. North & Pleasantburg), so there was no other "better" choice for most people. Once the upscale influx happened, though, Bi-Lo was left behind.


It's really too bad to see a chain fail, even if it's one that I don't really care for. I haven't shopped at a Bi-Lo in years, to make up for being dragged through them all the time as a kid.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:50 PM
 
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I was living in Knoxville in 98 when they started remodeling those old Red Food stores and built several new Bi-Lo ones including a flagship next to the mall. I remember they had the miniature trains that ran on overhead tracks through the front of the store. They never seemed to catch there with customers. Kroger and Food City seemed to remain more popular.

I think the fall really seemed to start when Publix came here in the mid 90's (even though it took them 10 years to build up a good count of stores in this area) but more so when Walmart got into the grocery game in the late 90's by expanding those small stores into Supercenters.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:54 PM
 
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Publix has built itself up to ten stores in Greenville County since it entered in 1995. That is not bad, but not aggressive.
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:20 PM
 
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Publix has built itself up to ten stores in Greenville County since it entered in 1995. That is not bad, but not aggressive.


That's probably a good number for Publix for now with maybe a couple more added.

Bi-Lo had over 20 in this county at one point i believe. Over stored based on the increased competition hence the closings. They could probably still stand to cut a couple more to get it more even with Publix IMO. Wonder if some others are underperforming?
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Old 02-27-2019, 02:05 AM
 
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There are presently 15 BI-LO stores in Greenville County. As of Monday, 25 March, there will be 14 stores.

I have heard of two underperforming stores:

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Old 02-27-2019, 05:48 AM
 
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There are presently 15 BI-LO stores in Greenville County. As of Monday, 25 March, there will be 14 stores.

I have heard of two underperforming stores:
Thanks. By my count they will have closed 7 stores in Greenville County in recent years so they must have
had around 21 stores at peak.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:26 AM
 
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That is correct. BI-LO stores in Greenville County were in two districts in BI-LO's Foothills Region and Southeastern Grocers' BI-LO West region. From what I have heard, all BI-LO stores are in one region and all Greenville County stores are in one district.
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