Bi-Lo to Buy 165 Supermarkets from Delhaize


Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC , parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Delhaize Group via Bi-Lo Holdings’ wholly owned subsidiary, BI-LO, LLC, under which Bi-Lo Holdings will acquire substantially all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize for $265 million in cash.

Subject to regulatory review and approval, Bi-Lo Holdings will acquire 72 Sweetbay stores, plus leases for 10 prior Sweetbay locations, 72 Harveys stores and 11 Reid’s stores, totaling 165 stores with approximately 10,000 employees throughout the southeastern United States.

The transaction is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Until the transaction is complete, Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s will continue to operate independently from Bi-Lo Holdings and its subsidiaries.

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