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Lincoln County stores spared as Delhaize announces plans to close supermarkets

Food Lions in Linconton, Denver survive; Mooresville Bottom Dollar doesn’t


Staff Writer
All Lincoln County locations have been spared as yet another retail chain announced closings affecting the region last week.
Delhaize America, the Belgian supermarket chain that owns Food Lion and other stores, announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down 113 of its underperforming Food Lions, primarily in markets in which the company has the least store density. The company will also close some of its Bottom Dollar Food stores, including one in Mooresville.
There are Food Lion grocery stores in Lincolnton and Denver.
Christy Phillips-Brown, Food Lion spokeswoman, said she does not anticipate an additional wave of closures at this time.
“We are very pleased with our performance in North Carolina,” she told the Times-News on Friday.
The decision is part of a “brand repositioning strategy” to strengthen Delhaize America’s U.S. portfolio, according to the Jan. 11 press release.
All affected stores will close within 30 days, and approximately 4,900 associates will be displaced.
“Food Lion is focused on repositioning our business for future growth,” said Cathy Green Burns, president of Food Lion, in a company statement. “By closing underperforming stores, we will continue to position Food Lion for success, especially in light of our brand strategy results.”
This announcement follows similar retail closings in recent months.
Sears Holdings Corp. announced at the end of December that it would be shutting down more than 100 stores across the country. Lincolnton’s Sears Home Services, an independently owned store, was not affected by the closures.
In October of last year, Mooresville-based Lowe’s closed roughly 20 of its stores, with both Lincoln County locations spared then, as well.

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