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Bi-Lo buying Reid's grocery stores

Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:10 AM
Last updated 8:50 PM
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BARNWELL, S.C. — Bi-Lo Holdings LLC, the parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, has agreed to buy the Reid’s, Sweetbay and Harveys supermarket stores from Del­haize Group for $265 million in cash.

There are more than 800 employees working in the Reid’s stores, officials say. Those stores are in Aiken, Langley, New Ellenton, Barnwell, Batesburg, Cayce, Hampton, Orangeburg, Saluda, St. George and Walterboro.

Reid’s employees learned of the planned purchase Tuesday.

Reid’s founder and director, Reid Boylston, said he was “excited” about the deal.

“I feel like this means new opportunities for Reid’s,” said Boylston, whose “home” store is in Barnwell.

Boylston said he opened the Barn­well store in 1972. In 1998, Delhaize bought the store and expanded the chain to its current status of 11 South Caro­lina stores associated with Food Lion.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Until the transactions are complete, Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s will continue to operate independently from Bi-Lo Holdings and its subsidiaries,” the release said.

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marylou22
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marylou22 05/30/13 - 07:26 am
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reids

I shopped at gurleys for 30 yrs and at reids for awhile now best stores ever hope they stay the same The Sports Center

owensjef3
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owensjef3 05/30/13 - 07:52 am
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I love the Reid's
Unpublished

I love the Reid's commercials.

my.voice
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my.voice 05/30/13 - 07:53 am
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I thought Food Lion did this

I thought Food Lion did this with Reids a while back?

curly123053
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curly123053 05/30/13 - 08:07 am
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Reids

I was working EMS down in Barnwell County when the one and only Reids was located in Barnwell. You could always find items at Reids in Barnwell that you could not find elsewhere I remember. Some of it was exotic items like jars of pickled little octopus. I remember seeing the tentacles against the glass jars they were in, and NO I did not buy it. But I remember when Reids joined forces with Food Lion I was hoping their good meat market reputation would continue, and it did. I wonder if we will see the resurrection of the Winn Dixie brands under this new agreement?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/30/13 - 08:40 am
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@my.voice

They did. Delhaize that is mentioned in the article is the parent company of Food Lion.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/30/13 - 08:42 am
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Not good news...

This is not good news for the Aiken or Langley locations. Aiken's is already right across the intersection from a much newer Bi-Lo, and the Langley location is less than 3 miles from the Clearwater Bi-Lo. However, the Clearwater Bi-Lo is ancient, so it could very well be on the chopping block. Then again, they've survived in these two locations for a while now, just don't see one company wanting to operate all those stores in such close proximity to one another.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/30/13 - 08:49 am
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I won't miss the commericals.

I won't miss the commericals. He reminds me of "Wayne says sell it."

curly123053
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curly123053 05/30/13 - 08:52 am
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bdouglas.......That is why I was wondering if we would start seeing the Winn Dixie name again. I have heard Winn Dixie is doing much stronger since they shut down so many stores in their restructuring. If I remember right even Bilo had to go to through a restructuring not to far back. We will find out soon enough what this means for all these stores.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/30/13 - 10:22 am
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@curly

I didn't realize Bi-Lo had purchased Winn Dixie last year. That's about the only way I could see those stores staying open. Or perhaps like the Winn-Dixie stores post-acquisition they'll just leave them as Reid's.

triscuit
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triscuit 05/30/13 - 12:02 pm
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we can save you

we can save you moneeeeeeeyyyyyy!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/30/13 - 12:17 pm
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@triscuit

Took the words right out of my mouth! LOL! His commercials are iconic. Kinda like Johnny's Recaps: "Cause they are good for the money," Bob Hale and his dog: The Rentman, and maybe local commercials that someone else could add!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/30/13 - 12:53 pm
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Oh man, I remember those Bob

Oh man, I remember those Bob Hale commercials. "Call me, and call me quick...call ME, Bob Hale, 793 [something or other].....after duty hours at 793 [something else]"

The appliance store commercials with the guy and his creepy hand puppet are ones I remember seeing a lot, too. And the Garner's Auto Sales guy was always pretty 'unique' as well. Most of those were all from back in the days when Comcast would air those 10 minute or so long local access commercials on channel 4.

waldero
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waldero 05/30/13 - 01:08 pm
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reids

well just dam. fresh chicken, never frozen. real glad I got a ribeye last week, probably wont see those anymore.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/30/13 - 03:53 pm
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Meh

Saw this one coming. Alot of jockeying to get prepared for the final battle. Eventually, I expect 99% of retail and grocery to be Kroger and Walmart. Bilo is just trying to post-up but it all depends on who can transition to Walmart style convenience and stock quicker. I'm seeing more and more non-grocery items in Kroger, moreso than Bilo. I wouldn't put your money on the Beef People.

CricketSeranade
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CricketSeranade 05/30/13 - 04:48 pm
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Hate it.

I'm not a big fan of Bi-lo. So many of their stores are run down and tired. I can see them closing some Reid's to reduce competition with Bi-Lo's. Bi-Lo never really offered the selections that some other stores did. I hate that my choices are going to be more limited now.

curly123053
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curly123053 05/30/13 - 05:06 pm
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I have shifted alot of my shopping from Walmart's sorry customer service to Kroger and Bilo. I have left almost full shopping carts at Walmart and gone to Krogers when they decide to shutdown checkouts with long lines already waiting. Walmart's low prices equals the low quality of customer service. I now buy 90% of what I used to buy at Walmart at Krogers and Bilo now. When you keep buying from a low bid seller, you get what you pay for in customer service. I look forward to Reids, Kroger, and Bilo taking a bite out of Walmart's profits, but I know that won't happen with so many people giving Walmart a free ride due to the prices. Kind of sounds like government in a way. Everyone giving the feds a free ride for their welfare.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/30/13 - 05:28 pm
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Kroger?

Walmart at twice the price. Neither one has customer service. Both places' parking lots and grocery carts look like third world surplus. Publix, has a wide grocery selection plus baked goods and sushi (the one off Furys Ferry). For good produce at a decent price, Aldi's.

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