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Food Lion Store #163, 1618 Airport Boulevard: Late August 2009   12 comments

Posted at 1:55 am in stores

This Food Lion in Airport Square at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and The Charleston Highway, was open as recently as 3 March 2009 when they posted a want ad for a sales manager.

I posted a number of closings in this general area lately, though not all of them actually happened lately. On the whole I think its fair to say the business climate is not good there. I'm not super familiar with the local stores, but I'm drawing a blank on a grocery store closer to here than the Bi-Lo in Parkland Plaza, which is a fair drive down Knox Abbott. I guess there's the Wal-Mart and Bi-Lo on US-1, but that's about the same distance.

UPDATE 4 Feb 2011 -- It's now a "Save A Lot" grocery store. I went in the one in Aiken once and didn't see any brands I had heard of..

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

UPDATE 7 Feb 2011: Updated the post title with a more precise closing date based on the comments.

Written by ted on December 17th, 2009

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12 Responses to 'Food Lion Store #163, 1618 Airport Boulevard: Late August 2009'

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  1. Food Lion relocated a few miles down the road closer to BI-LO which is on the same road (Charleston Hwy). Food Lion, however, is using another branding for this location to give it a more hometown feel. Food Lion parent company purchased Reid's Grocery Store a local South Carolina chain and several older Food Lion's have been rebranded to Reid's in areas where the market is too small to build a new Food Lion or expand. Reid's stores sell Food Lion branded products. If you drive further down Charleston Hwy you'll find Reid's in the former Winn-Dixie location one shopping center over from BI-LO. So a total of maybe a mile give or take.

    Rashaad Egister

    17 Dec 09 at 2:17 am

  2. well said Rashaad, Don't forget the piggly wiggly just a little farther down Charleston Highway. I used to live near this Food Lion but I recently moved. The funny thing is I moved near the new location. It's like I brought my grocery store with me.

    Mr Bill

    17 Dec 09 at 2:23 pm

  3. This store is re-opening as a Sav-A-Lot. The signage is up, but they appear to be reworking the interior of the store.

    tonkatoy

    6 Dec 10 at 7:45 am

  4. ok folks I have seen the Save-A-Lot signage, etc. go in and I was told after contacting their corporate, they are currently planning to open up on January 27. Food Lion (rebranded as Reid's) brought some new life into Cayce Commons and now Save-A-Lot will fill the Airport Square void...

    Andrew

    23 Dec 10 at 1:13 pm

  5. Ok folks I went by this afternoon and can confirm that Save-A-Lot #490 is now open for business

    Andrew

    31 Jan 11 at 11:20 pm

  6. I was the Assistant Mgr at this Food Lion when it closed. We actually closed it the third week of August '09.
    The associates of this store hated to see it close.
    Lease on this building at the time was dirt cheap, and a great location.

    Harold

    7 Feb 11 at 6:50 pm

  7. Thanks! I'll update the date.

    ted

    7 Feb 11 at 10:06 pm

  8. @Harold, did any of the associates at the time make the move to Reid's? I went in the Reid's once a while back and everyone was so pleasant. I wouldn't mind going back there but haven't had a chance to yet.

    Andrew

    25 Feb 11 at 3:02 pm

  9. A few made the move, but I'm pretty sure they are all gone by now.

    tonkatoy

    28 Feb 11 at 7:41 am

  10. Lot of work going on in this strip mall. Chinese restaurant closed, pawn shop and Radio Shack are getting work done on the front of the stores, and it looks like something is going in next to Sav-a-Lot.

    tonkatoy

    9 Jun 11 at 9:46 am

  11. In response to tonkatoy's comment, here's what I figured out is going on today:

    There is a spot next to Save-A-Lot #490 that appears to be becoming a Citi Trends (but the thing of it is: the signage isn't the typical teal Citi Trends coloring so we'll have to see how it turns out)

    The shopping Center is essentially a sideways 'L' shape and the end with RadioShack/the Pawn Shop is getting new facade/storefront work done on it (which is the bottom)

    The end with Rent-A-Center and Dollar General appears to be untouched at this point

    I am not 100% sure how the final product is going to shake down but here's what I deduced is going on based on tonaktoy

    Andrew

    10 Jun 11 at 7:08 pm

  12. Ted: Save-a-Lot mostly has its own off-brands. They're also known for generally taking over other grocery buildings.

    Bobby P.

    17 Sep 11 at 6:10 pm

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