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Posted on 01/11/2012 10:48:04 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
All Food Lion stores on the First Coast, including a dozen in Jacksonville, are closing, company officials announced Wednesday night.
The stores will be closed within 30 days, the company said.
Stores in Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Baker and Alachua counties are also closing. In addition, the Food Lion in Waycross is among the Georgia stores slated to be closed.
The company will convert its Food Lion in Lake City to a Harveys store. All of the other stores in Florida are closing.
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5,000 more unemployment claims that’ll only show in revised numbers way after the fact... And many families who’ll be put under even more economic pressure. Anyone got any hope left that this change will end anytime soon?
There are regions of the US where unemployment is going down. These national statistics aren’t reflecting a true picture...just a national picture.
As for Food Lion...they had a business situation where they simply couldn’t compete. If you run an upscale grocery shop in a depressed area...you’ve got a year of games that you can play, but you really need business to start picking up after two years. Food Lion simply wasn’t seeing an improvement.
Such regions are free from the chokehold of union thuggery. Right to work means true liberty for both employer and employee, free from the extortion racket run by Big Labor goons.
And here's a PDF file with a list of Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores being converted to Food Lion stores.
Hooray for The Recovery!
When I lived in FL, I used to love to shop at Food Lion.
This is very sad news for the folks there.
Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking bankruptcy protection, blaming it on pension and medical benefits obligations to its union employees. Yes, there is a parasitical component of the union system that spells sickness and death to its business hosts. In this highly competitive age with its high speed information technology, a company needs to be fleet footed. Unions are out of step with this high tech age. All they do is put lead weights on a company’s ability to adapt as it sucks out its life’s blood.
Oregon is always behind the worst of the total US picture.
Dang shame, too.
Food Lion was upscale?
Publix in Mount Pleasant remains, and Harris-Teeter and the “The Hog” remain ...
LOL! Wasn’t Food Lion the place that was caught washing their “fresh” fish with bleach to make it smell better and remove those ugly signs of decay?
Most of the Food Lions around here (near Jacksonville) were anything but upscale, and one of their problems was that they never adapted to a changing market as subdivisions and condos opened around Jax and the area became more upscale, or even simply as food tastes changed.
Winn-Dixie, on the other hand, is doing a very good job of repositioning itself.
Winn Dixie was just acquired by Bi-Lo.
not able to compete against wal mart.
A&P in the northeast is doing badly too. Rumors of it’s demise are out there...
We shopped at the grocery stoor on Richmond Rd in Williamsburg (near the outlet mall not to far from the Yankee Candle store) this Summer while on vacation, the former Food Lion was (I believe) was a Bloom.
Good to see it is going back to Food Lion.
I was there when it started too. All those “Bell, Book & Sandal” creatures that flood into Oregon in the 1960s to “live off the land”.
Yes, they’re a good fit. Bi-Low has been doing the same thing, repositioning. They used to be a low-end market but they have some very nice new stores now and I think they and Winn Dixie will work out well and this will avoid overlapping.
A&P’s stores have looked kind of shabby for awhile now. It’s a pity. That company has been around for a really, really long time.
Food Lion is headquartered in nearby Salisbury, NC, and I’ve not heard anything about their having difficulties as a whole. It would be big news. There’s a Food Lion in my small, outer suburban town that’s not two years old, that is the equal of any Harris-Teeter, and very popular.
There are still a lot of regular old country folks around here who were made millionaires by investing locally and putting their retirement in Food Lion and RJR stocks. Well, it wasn’t named Food Lion at the time. That came with the buyout by De Lion.
Is that the April 12, 1861 Map?
I wouldn’t call Food Lion upscale at all. Their newest stores have more variety and a more appealing design and layout, but they’re really in the neighborhood of Aldi as far as price and market perception.
The vegetable depts. at the A&Ps are appalling! And after the big holidays, it takes weeks to restock things like sugar and spices. Luckily, I live near an independent “fancy” food store that sells beautiful food.
Both A&P and Winn-Dixie vacated the regional market here because of Food Lion. The more desireable locations actually became Food Lion stores. Same happened to Kroger, most of which became Harris-Teeter.
I have a certain fondness for Harris-Teeter, as they were once Big Star grocery stores. I spent many a night cutting amberlith masks for their store circulars in my first job. They’re a little pricey for day-to-day, but do have some things I like that I won’t find in the local Food Lion, so I go there for those things.
Good thing for WD. WD's stock was tanking and they were losing money.
A&P might be contributing to the “food desert” problem, by which blacks are systematically denied nutrition.../s
I have to disagree, at least here. Three years ago, Wal-Mart opened a supercenter here in Norfolk, right next to a K-Mart and across the street from a Food Lion. Don't get me wrong, Wal-Mart gets lots of business. But everyone I know expected the K-Mart to close (rumors were that the building would become a Sam's Club) and Food Lion to have problems.
But people still shop at K-Mart, probably to avoid the Wal-Mart Zoo, and I've found Food Lion's meat and produce far superior to Wal-Mart, and I spend less. And on the weekends, Food Lion's parking lot is full.
BTW neither store (FL or KM) are on their company's closing list.
The one closing in Fernandina Beach Fl has been so unsuccessful, one could shoot off a machine gun in it and not ever hit anyone except an employee. It is about 1/4 mile from Publix which has about 100 times the patronage. This store has been this way for at least 15 years and I am surprised it lasted this long.
More of interest, it is an anchor store in a small strip mall to which about 10 other stores were added four years ago and which have remained vacant from day one. This strip mall seems destined to become a ghost mall soon. I wonder what bank has it on its non performing assets listing?
Our tiny County Seat (pop. 4k) has a Walmart Superstore and the local, employee-owned store. We go to the local store for meat and produce and shop WM for canned/packaged/frozen things. Over 25 years ago, everyone predicted the other store would close. Instead, it and a SuperValue combined, became employee-owned and both are flourishing.
The county has around 30k people and there are several small stores in the nearby villages, plus a large organic co-op and a couple of tiny organic stores still in business. There are also still several meat processor/locker operations in the county and, IIRC, at least two cheese factories.
We are, unfortunately, still a forced unionization state.
Very similar to the Food Lion by my house in Fruit Cove. I've been using it as a very large convenience store since they have a good selection, low prices and it's never crowded. We also have 2 Publix stores nearby that are always crowded. I go right by the Food Lion on my way home from Church and frequently stop in to get their cake doughnuts to enjoy with my coffee. Bummer
Only if you’re used to shopping at the Salvation Army.
They were ugly and run down until they were converted just a few years ago to Bloom. Now they are converting them back to Food Lion.
We like going to the Bloom and make quite a few purchases there. I sure hope they do not go back to what the old Food Lions were like.
Wal mart has purchasing power others can’t touch.
They get a beter price when they order a gazillion widgets as opposed to three you or I may order.
Personally I hate wal mart.
They sell CRAP.
A solid proof of American Exceptionalism is just how far the South has risen after the WBTS. What was once a region of slavery and the Democrat party now embraces freedom wholeheartedly with a pro-business environment characterized by Right to Work, ensuring economic liberty for all. No wonder the South, a strongly pro-God, pro-gun part of America, is the engine that drives the whole country.
It's no coincidence that most of the Right to Work states repudiated the Marxist in the 2008 elections, favoring the ticket with a true Tea Party Patriot, Sarah Palin.
To a large extent, the regions where union thugs extort businesses (and employees as well), saw an embrace of the anti-freedom, anti-American, economic-crippling agenda of Obama and his type.
As a courtesy (another Southern trait) to all just now visiting the thread, here again is the Right to Work map. It really is interesting to compare it to the two others I posted in this message.
Food Lion is upscale? Not when I lived in Virginia. Maybe the Florida Food Lions are different.
I was just going on the idea that if I was given a locations map of all the area Food Kittys and had to guess which ones were closing I would pick other stores where the competition is just as heavy. I would have guessed a couple of North Area stores before both Mt. P stores.
Two in my town are being closed. Both were new construction in just the last few years. Both also have competition right across the street. The one I probably go to the most is much older and has no nearby competition.
Not to worry. The unemployment number will go down, as scheduled.
Only one here but it’s the anchor for a mall. When the traffic drops it will hurt all the other, smaller businesses.
Food Lion is a Belgian Company
It would seem the Euro shackles on American management may make the company uncompetitive.
Food lion closed and left up here years ago. The All American companies were eating their lunch.
The death will result in growth by competitors and l would think all will not be forever gone
Do you know what I remember about Food Lion? That was the only store where I could get fresh black-eyed peas and turnip greens.
I guess I’m racist in that I was born, raised, and love soul food. ;o)
They weren’t upscale at all, but they had wonderful produce. It was locally grown in the stores where I shopped.
Do you know what I love about Winn Dixie? The thunderstorms in the produce section.
Out here, in Oregon, they play “Singing in the Rain” while blasting water on the produce. I’m not real partial to that.
Guess what...they are still here.
“Only if youre used to shopping at the Salvation Army.”
I guess that’s true, but I don’t remember the Salvation Army as being a grocery store.
OOOOOOH! What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL post!
I know you’ve figured out that I’m from the South. However, I’ve lived in Oregon for the last 20 years.
Your post is absolute proof of why my retirement home is in Missippy.
Well, that...and I want to be in a red state when the shootin’ starts. lol
Just a joke. ;o)
It isn’t - unless you pick through the pockets ; )
“Singing in the Rain”....how Pacific Northwest! (And I bet the produce dept clerks get real tired of hearing that one...)