2 remaining Charleston-area BI-LO stores set to close unless buyer found

2 remaining Charleston-area BI-LO stores set to close unless buyer found
BI-LO's parent company says the last two locations in Charleston County will close in mid-April unless a buyer is found. (Source: Southeastern Grocers)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A pair of Charleston County BI-LO grocery stores will shut down in April unless its parent company can find a buyer, the company says.

The two stores are located at 860 Folly Road on James Island and at 1200 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley.

Southeastern Grocers spokesman Joe Caldwell said the company is still exploring “strategic options” for the two stores. But if none materialize, he said the stores will close to the public on April 18.

They are the last remaining BI-LO stores in the Charleston area after Southeastern Grocers announced they were retiring the BI-LO brand.

Dozens of former BI-LO stores have been sold off to other grocers.

Back in June, Food Lion purchased 38 BI-LO stores in the Carolinas and Georgia in a deal that was expected to be complete this year. Two Summerville stores that are still operating as BI-LO locations were part of the sale to Food Lion, Caldwell said. The Bacons Bridge Road location will stop operating as a BI-LO on Feb. 28; the North Main Street location will cease operations as a BI-LO store on March 14, he said.

Then in September, the company announced the sale of 23 additional BI-LO stores, including four in the Lowcountry. Two of those four, in Charleston and Hanahan, became Lowes Food stores while the other two, in Moncks Corner and Johns Island, have become KJ’s Market IGA stores.

Southeastern Grocers has been selling off its BI-LO stores so that it can focus on its other brands like Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie.

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