It looks like Southeastern Grocers is shutting down two of their grocery store chains, BI-LO and Harveys — instead investing in their more successful brands: Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Mas and Harveys Supermarkets.
Southeastern just announced that they’ve sold 62 of their BI-LO/Harveys stores to the second-largest grocery store company in the world, Ahold Delhaize. They’ll close all of the remaining BI-LO locations.
BI-LO has had financial troubles for more than a decade now, selling and closing stores, but this looks like the end of this brand.
If you’re a couponer, you’ll want to know about this.
46 BI-LO stores and 16 Harveys Supermarkets will become Food Lion stores.
Those locations will be in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and while Food Lion already has more than 630 stores there, the company says the new stores will be in communities previously unserved by the chain.
Because of heightened demand, the transition won’t take place until early 2021.
In order to avoid service interruptions during a time when grocery demand is at record highs, Southeastern Grocers said the transition from BI-LO to Food Lion will start in January 2021, to be completed by April.
Until then, the stores will operate as BI-LO or Harveys.
The switch will mean no more coupon doubling.
Food Lion doesn’t do coupon doubling, so customers of BI-LO will be sad to see their local store’s policy change.
BI-LO customers have enjoyed the fact that their store is one of the last to allow coupon doubling — that is, when a store “doubles” a coupon by matching the discount up to a certain amount.
BI-LO doubles up to five manufacturer coupons on like items, as well as doubling manufacturer coupons with a value of $0.60 or less. (Store coupons can’t be doubled.)
That means a $0.50 coupon will get you another $0.50 off at BI-LO. Food Lion, and most other stores, don’t do that.
BI-LO allows more competitor coupons, too.
Food Lion’s policy allows you to buy 2 items with competitors’ coupons (not including warehouse stores) — 1 coupon per item — as opposed to BI-LO letting you use 5 coupons for 5 items.
One thing Food Lion has going for them, though, is that they allow “dollar-off-total-order” coupons from other stores, just like BI-LO.
That said, Food Lion generally will accept more coupons than BI-LO.
According to BI-LO’s coupon policy, they’ll only accept 5 of the same coupons for the same items. That means if you have 6 of the same coupon and have purchased 6 items, they’ll only accept 5 of the coupons.
Food Lion, on the other hand, accepts up to 10 of the same coupons for the same items.