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Nine Mid-State Food Lion Stores Among 113 Closures

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By Janet Kim

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. - The closing of 25 Food Lion grocery stores in Tennessee and greatly reducing operations at a distribution center in Clinton is displacing about 1,100 workers.

Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize said Thursday it is cutting almost 5,000 jobs in the United States as it closes some Food Lion, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores within the next 30 days.

The Food Lion in Old Hickory is one of nine in the mid-state and 25 across Tennessee that will close its doors in the next 30 days.

Food Lion stores in Crossville, Clarksville , Hendersonville, Lewisburg, Old Hickory, Smyrna, Sparta and two in Murfreesboro are all on the list.

The closures are part of Food Lion's parent company, Delhaize America, to regroup after another disappointing quarter of revenues and an increase in competitive activity.

In total, 113 underperforming Food Lion Stores across the country will be closing.

The Food Lion president said it's focusing on repositioning the business for future growth. The company said this is its way of strengthening its brand and its U.S. portfolio.

Food Lion spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said a severance package is being offered to eligible employees affected by the parent company's decision to close underperforming stores.

Phillips-Brown said 32 Food Lion stores with about 1,300 employees in Tennessee will continue operating.

The closings in Tennessee include some stores in the Chattanooga area, Cleveland, Knoxville, Clinton, Crossville, Maryville, Morristown, Sevierville, Clarksville, Hendersonville, Lewisburg, Murfreesboro, Old Hickory, Smyrna, Sparta, Greeneville and Johnson City.

Delhaize will also discontinue operations of its distribution center in Clinton, Tennessee.


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