Supermarket chain Bi-Lo is closing its location in Charlotte off Prosperity Church Road in June. The store first opened there in 1999.
About 67 people work at the grocery store at 5336 Docia Crossing Road, according to Fred Shropshier, regional vice president of Bi-Lo. The company has placed as many of them as possible at other area Bi-Lo stores.
“This decision was not made lightly,” Shropshier said. “Until the store closes, we will work hard to continue delivering the great service and value our customers have come to expect.”
Bi-Lo, owned by Southeastern Grocers, confirmed earlier this week that it is also closing a Fort Mill store this summer. Southeastern Grocers has also been converting several Bi-Lo locations in the area into Harveys stores.
Shropshier did not say why Bi-Lo has decided to close its location off Prosperity Church. One possibility could be competition from nearby Harris Teeter and Publix stores, which are both less than a mile away.
It’s unclear what will take the place of the store – Shropshier said Bi-Lo does not own the property. Property records show the property was sold in early 2006 to Lockard Midland Square LLC for $9.45 million. A representative said the firm is “working on a potential back-fill tenant” for the property, but had nothing to share yet.
Bi-Lo has scaled back its local presence in recent years but still competes with other low-cost grocers like Food Lion. Amid increasing competition in Charlotte’s grocery industry, Bi-Lo last year announced it was reducing prices on hundreds of products.