ABINGDON, Va. & JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. and Southeastern Grocers, LLC today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which K-VA-T will acquire 29 BI-LO stores located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia from Southeastern Grocers. K-VA-T intends to continue to operate all of these stores under the Food City banner and hire the vast majority of their store associates, retaining their years of service.
“We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to expand our operation into the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia markets. We certainly look forward to welcoming the BI-LO associates to our Food City family and serving the region,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “Our consumers can rest assured that we plan to complete the conversion process as quickly as possible, with the least interruption to the normal flow of business. It’s our intention to enhance the overall variety and selection and further develop the services and conveniences provided to our shoppers.”
"We are pleased to enter into this transaction with K-VA-T, which we believe is the right decision not only for Southeastern Grocers, but also for our stores and associates in Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia,” said Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “This was not an easy decision for us, as we have the utmost respect for our associates who serve our customers in these stores so well. In the approach by K-VA-T, we believe we have identified a strong partner to ensure these 29 stores and our associates are positioned for continued success under another reputable regional brand. On behalf of the management team, I want to thank all of our hardworking BI-LO associates for their dedication and support over many years."
The 29 transferring stores are as follows:
|5415||417 Blue Ridge St Ste D||BLAIRSVILLE||GA||30512|
|5430||502 G.I. Maddox Parkway||CHATSWORTH||GA||30705|
|5639||1287 Cleveland Hwy.||DALTON||GA||30720|
|5349||531 Battlefield Pkwy.||FORT OGLETHORPE||GA||30742|
|5352||311 North Main St.||LAFAYETTE||GA||30728|
|5406||319 Chickamauga Avenue||ROSSVILLE||GA||30741|
|5617||820 Mission Ridge Rd.||ROSSVILLE||GA||30741|
|5333||112 Crimson Drive||TRENTON||GA||30752|
|5301||7804 E. Brainerd Rd.||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37421|
|5305||1600 E. 23rd St.||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37403|
|5315||703 Signal Mountain Road||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37405|
|5326||3600 Hixson Pike||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37415|
|5335||6951 Lee Highway||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37421|
|5359||4011 Brainerd Rd.||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37411|
|5606||4510 Highway 58||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37416|
|5714||3801 Tennessee Ave.||CHATTANOOGA||TN||37409|
|5343||2310 McGrady Drive||CLEVELAND||TN||37323|
|5412||255 Ocoee Crossing NW||CLEVELAND||TN||37312|
|5324||420 Market Street||DAYTON||TN||37321|
|5510||3715 Ringgold Rd.||EAST RIDGE||TN||37412|
|5614||6723 Ringgold Rd.||EAST RIDGE||TN||37412|
|5347||841 U.S. 411 North||ETOWAH||TN||37331|
|5715||8634 Highway 58||HARRISON||TN||37341|
|5703||5604 Hixson Pike||HIXSON||TN||37343|
|5713||8530 Hixson Pike||HIXSON||TN||37343|
|5373||9213 Lee Highway||OOLTEWAH||TN||37363|
|5673||1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road||OOLTEWAH||TN||37363|
|5427||3901 Dayton Blvd||RED BANK||TN||37415|
|5538||10161 Old Dayton Pike||SODDY DAISY||TN||37379|
Southeastern Grocers and K-VA-T anticipate that the transfer and handoff dates of the 29 BI-LO stores will begin August 30, 2015, with all stores fully transitioned by October 5, 2015, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
About K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.
K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. is the corporate banner of a supermarket chain operating in three states under the Food City banner. This privately held, family-owned company has grown over the years by expansion and acquisition. With 15 units in Southeastern Kentucky, 27 units in Southwest Virginia and 62 units in East Tennessee, K-VA-T is an acronym of its trade area: Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. The 104-store chain includes 93 Food City locations (with 79 pharmacies and 84 fuel/convenience stores), ten Super Dollar Discount Foods limited assortment stores and one wine & spirits store. They also operate their own 1.2 million square-foot distribution center, located in Abingdon, VA. For more information about K-VA-T Food Stores, please visit www.foodcity.com.
About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest conventional supermarket in the southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 72,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 790 grocery stores, 143 liquor stores and 527 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.