October 26, 2005
When the two North Augusta Winn Dixie’s closed, many customers ended up at Food Lion. And now that store will be closing for good. News 12 talked with shoppers who feel they are running out of options that are convenient for them.
This is Katie Brightharp’s second trip to Food Lion in one day. She’s trying to buy all that she can while it lasts.
“It’s a madhouse in there,” Brightharp said.
Big savings at Food Lion as it becomes the latest grocery store to close in North Augusta. In August, area Winn Dixie’s closed, including two in North Augusta.
“I think Wal-Mart is taking over and the monopoly of it and guess a lot of cheap prices things like that, but it’s just not convenient to go in that big parking lot,” said Ann Harper.
But Food Lion store managers say the reason why the North Augusta location is closing is because of the 30-year-old building.
“Nobody’s put us out of business. Food Lion is alive and kicking and we got all of our locations in Aiken and Augusta that are still going to be open,” said Chris Herrin, Food Lion Store Manager.
“I hate it’s going away because usually when I’m coming from downtown I can just come right in here and get what I need,” Brightharp said.
With the recent closing of Winn Dixie and now Food Lion, many of the shoppers say they feel like they are bouncing around and they say the next nearest store for them is the Bi-Lo.
“This was convenience, but Bi-Lo is also,” said Sherry Copeland.
But for people like Barbara Powell, this was the perfect location.
“This store is really convenient for quick buys for me so I guess I hit Bi-Lo,” Powell said.
“I just keep moving from Winn Dixie to here to Bi-Lo,” Harper said.
North Augusta planning director Skip Grkovic says there are plans on recruiting other business, but he wouldn’t elaborate.