Food Lion's closing changes grocery store landscape

Walmart Market opens in 4 weeks; Publix still shopping in Greer

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, January 18, 2013

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The Food Lion at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is scheduled to close within 30 days. Vendors will come in Monday to remove some of their inventory.

The Food Lion at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is scheduled to close within 30 days. Vendors will come in Monday to remove some of their inventory.



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The signs on the windows of explains the new hours and imminent store closing at the Food Lion store at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

The signs on the windows of explains the new hours and imminent store closing at the Food Lion store at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

The grocery store landscape in Greer is rapidly changing ­– between the 800-1200 blocks on Wade Hampton Blvd.

Food Lion is closing its doors at 1207 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., scheduled for mid-February or as soon as its inventory is removed or sold. The Walmart Neighborhood Market, the first of its kind in South Carolina, opens in four weeks at Greer Plaza. And Publix remains interested in setting up shop in Greer.

Food Lion posted signs notifying customers of its pending closing, changing hours, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and vendors begin arriving next week to remove their stock. 

Delhaize Group, owners of Food Lion, announced the closing of 113 under-performing supermarkets, including 14 in South Carolina. The Bloom brand will be phased out.  More than 300 workers in the Upstate and Western North Carolina are affected.

“Bloom was the turning point,” Ander Griffin, assistant manager, said of the store’s sales and traffic diminishing.  Food Lion re-branded the Greer store as Bloom and then returned to its parent grocery brand two years ago. Griffin, from Blue Ridge, is undecided whether he will remain with the company.

Some customers were unaware of the closing as they shopped in GreerToday.

“First we had Winn-Dixie close and now Food Lion. I really enjoy shopping in this store because it’s convenient to where I live,” said a customer, who did not want her name published.

Publix has two stores serving Greer, at the Parkway and in Taylors on Wade Hampton Blvd.

“We remain interested in Greer but we have nothing to report today,” said Brenda Reid, a spokesperson for Publix, headquartered in Lakeland, Fla. “But that’s not to say that won’t change the next day.”

Walmart Neighborhood Market is stocking its store at Greer Plaza. The scheduled opening date is mid-February, according to store manager Kirsten Tucker, from Greer.

The former Winn-Dixie at 805 Wade Hampton Blvd. will be the site for the 48,881 square foot Neighborhood Market. The Market will bring about 90 new jobs to Greer and will be open 24 hours a day seven days a week at the beginning.

Greer Plaza has a new parking lot and the façade of all its stores has been upfit. The Walmart façade remains to be attached.

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