Reids to be rebranded as BI-LO in 2014

Although the Barnwell Reid’s store recently received some exterior upgrades they will also get a new nameplate in 2014.

Although the Barnwell Reid’s store recently received some exterior upgrades they will also get a new nameplate in 2014.

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David Purtell - Staff Writer

Reid's grocery store in Barnwell will become a BI-LO next year, the new owner of the supermarket chain announced last week.
Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, announced in May that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Delhaize Group to acquire all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's supermarket chains from Delhaize for $265 million. The sale is set to close before the end of the year.
There are 11 Reid's stores in the Midlands and Lowcountry regions. At the time of the sale in May, store officials said over 800 employees were working for the Reid's chain. Stores will be renamed BI-LO in 2014, a release states.
"Pending regulatory review, Bi-Lo Holdings intends to retain all store-level associates within the stores being acquired and operated," the release says.
Reid Boylston, director of Reid's and founder of the supermarket chain that bears his name, said, "I have been offered a position with Bi-Lo and, hopefully, we will implement the meat, produce and scratch deli programs which have made Reid's stores unique into the Bi-Lo format."
Boylston opened the Barnwell store in 1972. In 1998 Delhaize purchased the store and expanded the chain to its current status of 11 South Carolina stores associated with the Food Lion brand.
Besides Barnwell, stores are located in Aiken, Batesburg, Cayce, Hampton, Langley, New Ellenton, Orangeburg, Saluda, St. George and Walterboro.
The Sweetbay chain will become Winn-Dixie and the majority of the Harveys stores will keep their name.