Update 9:20 p.m.: At this time, the company does not have a definitive close date for the Annandale location outside of the within 30 days, according to Christy Phillips-Brown, external communications director for Bloom. The Annandale Bloom, which opened in January 2010, employes between 35-40 people. Customers can expect to see some sales at the store as early as next week while the store goes through what Brown called an interdiscount marked down process.
Original post at 11:45 a.m.
According to a press release published on Tuesday, Jan. 11, Delhaize America, the company that owns Bloom grocery stores, will permanently close seven underperforming stores. Annandale's location is among the seven, as well as a location in Fairfax. The company plans to close a total of 126 locations and will retire the Bloom banner and convert 42 Bloom stores in Virginia and Maryland to Food Lion.
"Today's actions will continue to solidify our U.S. operations and enable our company to focus on our successful brand strategy repositioning at Food Lion and the expansion of Bottom Dollar Food in new markets," said Ron Hodge, CEO of Delhaize America, in the press release. "While these were difficult decisions given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, 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."
Delhaize estimates approximately 4,900 employees will be displaced. The news release states that the company will provide severance to eligible associates, and will work with government officials to assist with transition support. Only employees working at converted stores will continue to work at those locations.
Read the full press release here.
Annandale Patch has reached out to Bloom and will have an update on this story later today.