Food Lion entered a deal with Southeastern Grocers to acquire four BI-LO stores in the Greater Myrtle Beach, S.C., Florence, S.C. and Columbia, S.C., areas.
All of the locations will remain open as BI-LO stores until the transaction is complete, which is expected to be in May.
“We are so excited to add these four new locations to our network of nearly 70 stores serving the greater Myrtle Beach, Florence and Columbia areas,” said Food Lion President, Meg Ham. “We are part of the fabric of this community. We’ve been here in these towns and cities nourishing our neighbors and customers for nearly 40 years. With the addition of these four new stores, we have an even greater opportunity to serve more customers with fresh, quality products at affordable prices every day with the caring, friendly service they expect from Food Lion.”
The locations will be at:
1241 38th Avenue N., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577
1610 Highway 17 S, Surfside Beach, S.C. 29575
500 Pamlico Hwy, Florence, S.C. 29501
9003 Two Notch Road, Columbia
Food Lion donates 60,000 meals
As part of the announcement, Food Lion is also donating 60,000 meals, which is 15,000 meals for each new store opening, to the two food banks that serve these communities, which are the Lowcountry Food Bank in North Charleston and Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia. The food retailer will also ensure each store has a feeding agency partner to receive weekly food donations through the company’s food rescue program.
The company has also made a commitment to 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Since the launch of Food Lion Feeds in 2014, the company has already donated more than 380 million meals through in-store campaigns, in-store food rescue programs and associate volunteerism.
A company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize and based in Salisbury, NC, Food Lion has more than 1,000 stores in Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates.