The store, which opened December 19, 2007, is closing due to “lack of visibility,” said store manager Mike Cox. Most of the 50 employees have been offered re-assignment to other company stores. The fate of the supermarket building is not known, Cox said.
Sunday, February 22, 2009, the parking lot was full of bargain shoppers reaping the rewards of up to 60 percent discounts on food items. Linda Walker, a bargain seeker, said she had never been to the store before and was there to take advantage of the one-time sale. By noon Sunday “the shelves were 80 percent bare,” she said.
Food Lion, headquartered in Salisbury, N.C., operates around 1,300 stores across the Southeast and is owned by parent company Delhaize Group LLC of Belgium. Delhaize operates stores in seven countries worldwide, according to company Web sources.
Subsequently, an upscale Bloom grocery market, Store No. 2702, also operated by Delhaize Group, was built at the junction of US 123 and the Old Clemson Highway on the Seneca side of Lake Hartwell by 2009, but the business was apparently not well matched to its market, and on March 14. 2011, it was announced that 15 stores in the Charlotte and Greenville markets would be converted to Food Lion stores, and one at 901 Holland Road, Mauldin, South Carolina, would be closed. The Seneca Bloom location was subsequently rebranded by fall.
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- Jackson, Vince, "Clemson Food Lion to close", Anderson Independent-Mail, Sunday, February 22, 2009.
1085-D Old Clemson Highway
Seneca, South Carolina 29672