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Old 03-06-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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Food Lion continues to run circles in failure. Harris Teeter, which has issued of its own, is opening stores elsewhere.
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:44 PM
 
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The terms I keep hearing for future success are omnichannel and "experiential".
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:04 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Yes, but Ipads to facilitate home delivery is a decidedly upper middleclass play.Their latest Foodlion attempts look like brand new bilo's from 30 years ago.I see no evidence that the Foodlion parent company understands what todays Harris Teeter type shopper desires, but what do I know, I'm an old Winn Dixie store manager!
I suspect that Ahold has had the upper hand since the merger. Their 2 Giant chains have been successful, for years.

If the small footprint Giant Heirloom concept is successful in the city, there are plenty of nearby small towns to try it in. Once they work out any bugs, they can head south. I doubt that they'll stop at DC.

I was looking for a product a while back and someone said that she thought she saw it at Food Lion. I went in and it looked like a 1960s A&P. That was the doing of Delhaize, before the merger. They didn't have what I was looking for and I haven't been back.
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:47 AM
 
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Food Lion is not going anywhere and I don't think Ahold/Delhaize is going to bring any form of Giant Food Stores to the Carolinas anytime soon. From what I have seen FL had growth and the strongest fiscal results of any of the Ahold-Delhaize banners in 2018. They just announced this week investment in 92 stores in SC. (Myrtle Beach-Florence, Charleston and Columbia markets)

supermarketnews.com/store-design-construction/food-lion-readies-store-remodels-south-carolina

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Old 03-07-2019, 06:45 AM
 
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AholdDelhaize is testing a new banner in Philadelphia, Giant Heirloom, as a small footprint grocery store. If it is successful I suspect that they'll expand it south to replace some of the small Food Lions. They might use it to their advantage in areas where they don't need bigger stores, to increase their presence. It remains to be seen.
The concept is interesting. I like smaller stores like Aldi or Trader Joes.

Sam's Club is experimenting with a new smaller concept called Sam's Club Now in Dallas. It looks to be mostly a grocery store. Something like that would do well in our area, especially since it's so difficult to get the main Sam's Club store on Woodruff Rd. Plus the size, about 32,000 sf, would fit into some of the existing Bi-Lo stores.

https://www.supermarketnews.com/stor...l-and-tech-lab
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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The concept is interesting. I like smaller stores like Aldi or Trader Joes.

Sam's Club is experimenting with a new smaller concept called Sam's Club Now in Dallas. It looks to be mostly a grocery store. Something like that would do well in our area, especially since it's so difficult to get the main Sam's Club store on Woodruff Rd. Plus the size, about 32,000 sf, would fit into some of the existing Bi-Lo stores.

https://www.supermarketnews.com/stor...l-and-tech-lab
Wow. I thought Walmart tried something similar to this small concept with Walmart Express a few years ago. It failed and vanished quickly. Whole Foods just cancelled its smaller concept 365 recently. I supposed they are all trying these things because they are concerned about the growth of small store chains like Sprouts, Trader Joes etc.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:44 AM
 
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Food Lion is not going anywhere and I don't think Ahold/Delhaize is going to bring any form of Giant Food Stores to the Carolinas anytime soon. From what I have seen FL had growth and the strongest fiscal results of any of the Ahold-Delhaize banners in 2018. They just announced this week investment in 92 stores in SC. (Myrtle Beach-Florence, Charleston and Columbia markets)

supermarketnews.com/store-design-construction/food-lion-readies-store-remodels-south-carolina
If Food Lion is smart, it would be doing extensive remodels and overhauls in South Carolina to include food and pharmacy departments and improved customer service, improved quality and freshness standards, and lower prices.
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:59 AM
 
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If Food Lion is smart, it would be doing extensive remodels and overhauls in South Carolina to include food and pharmacy departments and improved customer service, improved quality and freshness standards, and lower prices.
I think it's been about 2 years since the last remodel. They must be about due for another. It never helps, though.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:05 AM
 
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Food Lion runs circles with "remodels". It "updates" stores by doing nothing.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:08 AM
 
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Food Lion runs circles with "remodels". It "updates" stores by doing nothing.
I still haven't figured out a purpose for the black windows from the last remodels.
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