Laurel's Bottom Dollar, Bloom stores to convert to Food Lion

Laurel's two Bottom Dollar Food grocery stores and the Bloom in Scaggsville escaped being closed by its corporate parent, but they will be getting a name change: Food Lion.

Delhaize America the Belgium company that owns Food Lion as well as Bottom Dollar and Bloom, announced Jan. 11 that it is closing 126 stores, "retiring" the Bloom banner and converting 64 Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia to Food Lion stores.

The company is not abandoning the Bottom Dollar Food banner, but will operate these in smaller-format stores that are under 18,000 square feet, according to information the company released yesterday. Larger stores, such as the two Bottom Dollar Food stores in Laurel —on Sandy Spring Road and in the Crystal Plaza shopping center on Route 197 —are among those that are being converted to Food Lion; the conversions are expected to begin immediately.

As a result of the store closings and the company's repositioning itself, 4,900 employees will be displaced, but most employees working at stores being converted to Food Lion will not lose their jobs.

In a release announcing the actions, Food Lion president Cathy Green Burns said "Food Lion is focused on repositioning our business for future growth."

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