Southeastern Grocers to Transfer 29 Chattanooga-area BI-LO Stores to K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.

ABINGDON, Va. & JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--()--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”

“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:

    Store No.     Street     City     State     Zip
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.

Contacts

Food City
Tammy Baumgardner, 276-623-5100, ext. 5734
baumgardnert@foodcity.com
or
Southeastern Grocers
Brian Wright, 904-370-6104
BrianWright@segrocers.com