It was announced today that SEG sold off 62 BI-LO and Harvey's stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to Food Lion, with the sale expected to be completed in early 2021. This sale was announced alongside word that the BI-LO brand would be retired, with SEG exploring options for the remaining BI-LO stores not included in this sale. SEG is looking to use money from the sale of BI-LO's stores to enhance the core markets where Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Mas, and the remaining Harvey's stores operate. More information on the end of BI-LO can be found in this article, with a complete listing of BI-LO locations going to Food Lion accessible here.
I always expected BI-LO's demise to be a more drawn out process than this, but BI-LO always seemed to be the weakest of SEG's brands, at least to me. It's sad news to see the brand will go away, but not really a shock to hear.
Anyway, that's what going on in the grocery world right now. So until next time,