Food Lion buys Metter’s Bi-Lo

After 24 years as “the grocery store,” Metter’s Bi-Lo will soon change brands and become Food Lion.

Food Lion announced last week that it has entered into a transaction to purchase 62 BI-LO/Harveys Supermarket stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia from Southeastern Grocers. The addition of these stores, which includes Metter’s South Leroy Street store, will deepen the company’s ability to serve more customers with fresh and affordable products to nourish their families.

“We are so excited to add these new locations to our more than 630 stores across Georgia and the Carolinas,” said Food Lion President Meg Ham. “We’ve been serving customers in these larger regions for almost 60 years. We’re thrilled to add these locations and serve even more towns and cities across these three states with fresh, quality products at affordable prices every day with the caring, friendly service customers expect from their local Food Lion.”

Food Lion expects to hire more than 4,650 associates to serve customers at the 62 new stores.

The stores will remain open as Bi-Lo and Harveys Supermarket until the transaction is complete, which is expected to take place over a staggered period from January to April 2021, pending regulatory approval and customary closing requirements. Food Lion plans to operate all the stores under the Food Lion banner.

Bi-Lo has been in Metter since December 1996, when the local store, along with over 40 other Piggly Wiggly Southern stores were sold by their parent company, Bruno’s Inc.

Piggly Wiggly, and then Bi-Lo and now Food Lion, operate out of the shopping center that was constructed in the early 1970s.

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