Bi-Lo Holdings has confirmed that the Reidís located at 1048 York St. will be closing on Saturday, May 31, and will reopen as Bi-Lo on June 6.
Out of the five Bi-Lo/Reidís locations in Aiken County, only one Ė the Bi-Lo located at 1149 York St. Ė will be closing for good. Bi-Lo Holdings has not confirmed a date for the store closing, but previous reports said it will come no later than July 12.
The closing is expected to affect many of the estimated 85 jobs that Reidís currently employs.
ďAssociates will have the opportunity to pursue numerous open positions in nearby stores. If they do not find employment at another Bi-Lo, Harveys or Winn-Dixie location prior to their release date, they will receive severance as they transition from the company,Ē said spokesperson Miranda Major.
The company sent out a press release on Friday morning which included details about the rest of the stores in Aiken County.
The Bi-Lo located at 1016 Pine Log Road in Aiken will remain open. In addition, the Reidís stores located at 603 Main St. in New Ellenton and at 2587 Jefferson Davis Highway in Warrenville will also close down and reopen as Bi-Lo on June 6.
Allen Reavis, Bi-Lo regional vice president, wrote that some stores Ė including the one on Pine Log Road Ė will retain certain Reidís items.
ďThese new stores are not the Bi-Los customers think they know,Ē said Reavis. ďCustomers love Reidís and we do, too, which is why we are partnering with Reid Boylston to marry the best of the Reidís with the best of Bi-Lo ...Ē
Boylston, the director of merchandising for Bi-Lo, added that customers will still be able to find quality, Reidís meats at the Bi-Lo stores.
The store hours for the new Bi-Lo stores will be 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and breakfast will be served daily at 6 a.m.
The upcoming changes are part of a deal in February in which Bi-Lo Holdings received approval from the Federal Trade Commission to proceed with the transaction to acquire all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reidís supermarket chains. The deal was made with the Delhaize Group.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University.