Food Lion to buy 2 county Bi-Lo stores
Food Lion will buy 4 area Bi-Lo stores.
1 is on Knox Abbott Drive and the other on Charleston Highway in Cayce.
The other 2 are in Columbia.
Other Bi-Lo stores in Lexington County will not be part of the takeover.
Employees of the Bi-Lo on US 378 west of Lexington have been told the store will be closed if a buyer cannot be found by April.
The US Federal Trade Commission has waived a required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976.
The new Food Lion stores will be served by Ahold Delhaize USA Distribution LLC, through the Mauldin distribution center.
ADUSA expects to hire more than 800 associates to support Food Lion’s added stores.
Food Lion is owned by Ahold Delhaize USA, a. division of Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize.
Food Lion plans to hire 4,650 employees including those who work at those Bi-Lo and Harveys Supermarket stores who apply.
Each Food Lion employs 40 to 50 people.
The stores will remain open under their Bi-Lo and Harveys Supermarket names until the transaction is completed in April.