Dozens of Food Lion stores set to close in Tennessee

By: Dick Byrd
By: Dick Byrd

CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Food Lion supermarket chain announced it intends to close over one hundred grocery stores nationwide. The closures are set to take place over the next 30 days and affect 4,900 employees.

Delhaize America, the corporation which owns Food Lion, said it will close 113 "underperforming" stores, focusing mainly on areas where there aren't too many Food Lions. The Salisbury, NC-based company also will convert 64 Bloom and Bottom Dollar grocery stores into Food Lions and eliminate the Bloom brand.

"Food Lion is focused on repositioning our business for future growth," said Cathy Green Burns, president of Food Lion. "By closing underperforming stores, we will continue to position Food Lion for success, especially in light of our brand strategy results"

Twenty-five Food Lions in East Tennessee are scheduled to close, including stores in Knoxville, Clinton, Maryville, Morristown, Sevierville, Greenville, Johnson City, and Athens and the company is greatly reducing operations at a distribution center in Clinton is displacing about 1,100 workers.

"While these were difficult decisions given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, we believe these actions will enable us to better serve our customers in our markets with high density, while positioning the company for future growth," said Ron Hodge, CEO of Delhaize America.

Food Lion spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said a severance package is being offered to eligible employees affected by the parent company's decision to close underperforming stores.

Phillips-Brown said 32 Food Lion stores with about 1,300 employees in Tennessee will continue operating.

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  • by suzi d on Jan 12, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    Food Lion is comparable to the other stores in the area..It' amazing since Food City built their brand new store they are trying run everybody else selfish can they get.....they even put a gas station right beside Git n Go even named it Gas n Go......duh I don't like it when people lose their jobs.....
  • by kim on Jan 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    "i guess alot of people want miss food lion,but my family have worked for food lion for over 20 years and it is a great loss, and a great blow to many
  • by teresa Location: knoxville on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    having recently moved, I found myself with FL so close. only trouble, Food Lion is the most EXPENSIVE grocery I have found. Wonder why they are closing? a no brainer.
    • reply
      by Dewayne on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM in reply to teresa
      I guess you didnt go to any other grocery stores in the area. Otherwise you would've found out different.


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