As Bi-Lo continues to scale back its local presence, the grocer confirmed Tuesday it is closing its grocery store in Newton later this month.
The grocery store first opened at 2725 Northwest Blvd., off US-321, in 1989, a Bi-Lo spokeswoman told the Observer. About 52 store employees will be laid off as a result of the closure.
“This decision was not made lightly. Our associates are always the first to know of any changes at our stores and have been made aware of the closure and are encouraged to apply for the open positions we have in our network of neighboring Bi-Lo stores,” said Fred Shropshier, regional vice president of Bi-Lo, in a statement.
Shropshier did not elaborate on why Bi-Lo has decided to close its Newton store.
Bi-Lo, owned by Southeastern Grocers, has been reducing its footprint in the Charlotte area over the years, though it still competes with other low-cost grocers like Food Lion and Wal-Mart. Southeastern Grocers has also been converting several Bi-Lo locations in the area into Harveys stores.
Earlier this spring, Bi-Lo said it is closing its Charlotte location off Prosperity Church Road this summer. The grocer is also closing a Fort Mill store this summer.