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Food Lion closing on Wrightsboro Road

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A long-standing Food Lion grocer off Wrightsboro and North Leg roads in Augusta will soon close.

The store at 3246 Wrightsboro will close by June 20, said Erin Munley DeWaters, a spokeswoman for Food Lion.

“We routinely review our store portfolio and made the difficult decision to close the store as a result of the lease ending,” DeWaters said in an e-mail. “We do not have any plans to close any additional stores at this time.”

Management at the grocer said the location will close next week after all the inventory, which is marked off by 50 percent, has been sold.

The Food Lion has been in its current 29,000-square-foot location near the Augusta Mall since 1987 and employs about 40 people, DeWaters said.

In late March, a 148,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter opened at 3338 Wrightsboro Road within walking distance of the grocery store.

In 2012, the Salisbury, N.C.-based supermarket company closed three Columbia County Food Lion locations as part of a strategic decision by parent company Delhaize America to close underperforming stores and strengthen its U.S. portfolio.

There are nine other Food Lion stores across the metro area.

Food Lion, founded in 1957, has about 1,100 supermarkets across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic portions of the country and employs more than 62,000 associates.

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Right on
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Right on 06/13/14 - 03:00 pm
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Augusta never was a Food Lion

Augusta never was a Food Lion Town

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 06/13/14 - 03:53 pm
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North Augusta Store

If all of the food lions were as nice as the North Augusta exit 5 store then they would do much better. But with the strong Bilo and Kroger presents, it will be hard for them to compete. Food Lions seem to thrive in North Carolina and places where there is not any Bilo stores. Harris Teeter didn't do well in this market either because Publix serves their demographics. Kroger should build a marketplace there and Publix should open in the existing Kroger space.

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AFjoe 06/13/14 - 03:51 pm
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Grovetown next

G'town Food Lion is next. Mark my words. Don't see people with shopping carts full of groceries. Folks stop by to grab a quick item or two and they are on their way to walmart. Plus it's not to clean.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 06/13/14 - 03:58 pm
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Grovetown Foodlion

The Grovetown Food Lion on Columbia Road will do great until Kroger and Publix corner that market with locations out there. I can assure you it will happen within the next year or two. Then that Food Lion will likely close.

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Riverman1 06/13/14 - 04:08 pm
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I'll Take A Walmart For Food Lion

Food Lion, just doesn't get whatever it is. The best thing to happen to us in Evans is when the store closed on Fury's Ferry and a Walmart moved in.

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Darby 06/13/14 - 05:01 pm
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"Augusta never was a Food Lion Town"

Anyone who was paying attention knew that when Wal-Mart opened around the corner, Food Lion was no longer the King of that jungle.

countyman
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countyman 06/13/14 - 05:19 pm
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Grocery store

The poster AFjoe was probably referencing the Food Lion off Wrightsboro road in Grovetown and not the newer store off Columbia road..

The idea of Publix opening near the mall and Kroger coming to the old Food Lion sounds great.. I think the next Publix is probably coming to the Southwest Augusta/Belair area off Jimmie Dyess.. The best chance for Grovetown to attract Publix is probably the Gateway and Kroger market place is already rumored to open there..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/13/14 - 06:38 pm
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The above comment is

The above comment is interesting.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/13/14 - 07:07 pm
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hmmmm....

complimetary postings with gramatical duplicity? Interesting...

like-it-is
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like-it-is 06/13/14 - 07:23 pm
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Darby

Jungle, REALLY?

happychimer
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happychimer 06/13/14 - 08:22 pm
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Food Lion on Wrightsboro Road

Food Lion on Wrightsboro Road use to be crowded all the time .It did a lot of business. I worked there 8 years.

happychimer
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happychimer 06/13/14 - 09:13 pm
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I was shopping there today,

I was shopping there today, and the check out lines were all the way to the back of the store. There was a 2 to 3 hr wait. All registers were open. Wine 20% off. beer regular price. tobacco on sale I can't remember how much off. Everything else in the store is 50% off.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/13/14 - 10:21 pm
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Always liked Food Lion........
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No pretentiousness, simple, plain and usually significantly cheaper than the other supermarkets. You could get pretty much anything you can get at the other supermarkets, minus the fancy deli meats, sushi bar stuff etc.

Sorry to see them go.

Darby
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Darby 06/13/14 - 10:46 pm
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like-it-is

Hey, I couldn't resist.

Lions are called "King of the jungle" aren't they?

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Butterman 06/14/14 - 02:52 pm
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Who Knew
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Belair Rd and Jimmie Dyess Parkway were in Southwest Augusta? How far is that from North Richmond?

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pja5529 06/14/14 - 09:22 pm
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Wouldn't be surprised

Wouldn't be surprised if the Food Lion on Tobacco/Windsor Spring closed either. That location is also one where I only see a few when I go and no one is ever doing actual grocery shopping...just picking up a few items. Not to mention they usually only need and have one line open.

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