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      New round of closings affects Moultrie Winn-Dixie

      A Moultrie Winn-Dixie is among 13 stores expected to be closed by Bi-Lo Holdings after an acquisition of stores from Delhaize Group. / File

      A Moultrie Winn-Dixie is among 13 stores expected to be closed by Bi-Lo Holdings after an acquisition of stores from Delhaize Group.

      Bi-Lo holdings announced Tuesday afternoon that the reason for the closure is geographic proximity.

      The company says that they have received approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to proceed with the transaction to acquire the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's supermarket chains from Delhaize Group pending the divestiture of 12 stores by Bi-Lo Holdings and Delhaize Group retaining two stores and converting them to the Food Lion banner.

      "Given the number of stores we are acquiring, we anticipated that we may be asked by the FTC to divest some stores to close the deal. In addition, with the close proximity of some of the Bi-Lo Holdings and Delhaize stores, we also knew that we would have to close a few stores as part of the acquisition," said R. Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. "We appreciate the many contributions our associates in these stores have made, and we will ensure they are treated respectfully and have the opportunity to pursue other open positions in nearby stores."

      The FTC's approval is pursuant to a consent order accepted by the FTC for public comment on February 25, 2014. The order is subject to final approval by the FTC after the close of a 30-day comment period.

      The 12 divested stores and their respective buyers, the two Delhaize America retained stores, and the anticipated transition dates for each store are as follows:

      Store

      Location

      Buyer

      Banner

      Deal Closing Dates

      Sweetbay #1883

      Arcadia, Fla.

      Rowe's IGA X, LLC

      Rowe's IGA

      March 22, 2014

      Sweetbay #1791

      Wauchula, Fla.

      Rowe's IGA VIII, LLC

      Rowe's IGA

      March 29, 2014

      Sweetbay #1879

      Lake Placid, Fla.

      Rowe's IGA VII, LLC

      Rowe's IGA

      April 5, 2014

      Sweetbay #1795

      Dunnellon, Fla.

      Rowe's IGA IX, LLC

      Rowe's IGA

      April 12, 2014

      Harveys #2374

      Statesboro, Ga.

      Homeland

      Food World

      May 3, 2014

      Harveys #2375

      Statesboro, Ga.

      Homeland

      Food World

      May 3, 2014

      Harveys #2336

      Vidalia, Ga.

      Homeland

      Food World

      May 3, 2014

      Harveys #2378

      Bainbridge, Ga.

      Food Giant Supermarkets, Inc.

      Food Giant

      May 10, 2014

      Harveys #2379

      Madison, Fla.

      Food Giant Supermarkets, Inc.

      Food Giant

      May 10, 2014

      Harveys #2349

      Waynesboro, Ga.

      W. Lee Flowers and Company, Inc.

      KJ's Market IGA

      May 10, 2014

      Harveys #2370

      Sylvania, Ga.

      W. Lee Flowers and Company, Inc.

      KJ's Market IGA

      May 17, 2014

      Reid's #442

      Batesburg, S.C.

      W. Lee Flowers and Company, Inc.

      KJ's Market IGA

      May 31, 2014

      Reid's #2167

      Hampton, S.C.

      Retained by Delhaize Group

      Food Lion

      N/A

      Harveys #2398

      Americus, Ga.

      Retained by Delhaize Group

      Food Lion

      N/A


      The stores planned for closure are as follows:

      Store

      Location

      *Closure Date

      Sweetbay #1906

      Naples, Fla.

      March 22, 2014

      Sweetbay #1798

      Dade City, Fla.

      April 5, 2014

      Sweetbay #1872

      Zephyrhills, Fla.

      April 5, 2014

      Harveys #2360

      Green Cove Springs, Fla.

      May 3, 2014

      Harveys #2364

      Tallahassee, Fla.

      May 3, 2014

      Reid's #1507

      Walterboro, S.C.

      May 31, 2014

      Reid's #2158

      Cayce, S.C.

      May 31, 2014

      Reid's #2612

      Orangeburg, S.C.

      May 31, 2014

      Winn-Dixie #699

      St. Petersburg, Fla.

      May 10, 2014

      Winn-Dixie #624

      Tarpon Springs, Fla.

      May 17, 2014

      Winn-Dixie #647

      Seffner, Fla.

      May 24, 2014

      Winn-Dixie #101

      Moultrie, Ga.

      June 14, 2014

      BI-LO #5423

      Aiken, S.C.

      July 12, 2014

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