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BREAKING: Food Lion, Bottom Dollar company cuts 5K jobs

January 12, 2012

BRUSSELS — Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize says it is cutting almost 5,000 jobs in the United States as it closes underperforming stores.

Delhaize said Thursday that it is shutting down 113 Food Lion supermarkets, as well as seven Bloom and six Bottom Dollar Food stores within the next 30 days.

According to documents published online by Food Lion, the Hickory Bottom Dollar Food store on U.S. 70 will be converted to a Food Lion. No other Hickory Metro grocery stores owned by the company are affected. A Bottom Dollar Food store will be closed.

A distribution center located in Tennessee will also be closed.

Ron Hodge, the CEO of Delhaize America, said "we believe these actions will enable us to better serve our customers in our markets with high density, while positioning the company for future growth."

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