Monday, March 15, 2010

No Bloom for the Triangle; Charlotte store moves forward

Last year we reported that Food Lion's upscale and high-tech spin off, Bloom, would be expanding to North Carolina's Research Triangle area with stores planned in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville and Clayton. These stores will now open under the Food Lion banner, as Delhaize Group, parent company of Food Lion and Bloom, say they would like to focus on markets that they are currently in like Washington, D.C., Greenville-Spartanburg and Charlotte, before expanding into new markets.

In other Bloom news, their Charlotte store which replaces the former Bi-Lo in Dilworth Crossing is set to open this Wednesday, March 17. What's In Store blog has photos from inside the store.


kmart said...

hm, I wonder what Delhaize/Food Lion's strategy is... they've been retreating in peripheral markets such as Nashville, TN though the Food Lion brand is pretty weak outside of the core Carolinas/Atlantic area. We will put up a post dedicated to grocery stores (Food Lion, Save - A - Lot, Winn Dixie, Publix, and Albertsons for now) on our blog next month!

Matt from CLT said...

Interesting...rather interesting.

I'd be curious to know if they're still going to build the one on Steele Creek @ Shopton Road. I'm sure it's probably a temporary casualty of the economic situation; the entire strip center is complete, but currently the only tenant is CVS.

Interestingly enough, the light-up marquees out front already have a Bloom sign, but it was flipped over after being up for about a week (the translucent plastic kind). Just more waiting, I suppose.