Food Lion chain fights for survival

Food Lion wants to build on three consecutive quarters of higher sales to prove a turnaround is possible in the mid-market category of the grocery industry.

Despite pressure from discounters, superstores, and premium brands - the Delhaize (DEG -2%) subsidiary has been investing in its stores and customer options insteaf of completely re-inventing itself.

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  • mike marron
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    There is still too much dead wood at Food Lion's corporate office. Roland Smith has done a good job getting rid of a lot of it. However, the chain's image to the consumer is still fighting the 20/20 piece from years ago. Their store level managers are barely above the leadership capabilities of a convenience store manager. The chain's attitude towards vendors is worsening. These same vendors are lowering prices and advertising heavily to Food Lion's benefit and yet they continue to push their private brand, which again is not trusted by the educated consumer.
    19 Aug 2013, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • shaggy1
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    Sorry, worked there, you think vendors treated bad? Try being an employee. Once Delhaize took over wasn't a nice place too work. lost all that southern hospitality. and family thing. Employees were expendable, fortunately, I got out before I was a statistic, and was there 12 years. Already sold most of my ESPP, so soon who cares, I go to Safeway or Giant pay more for bulk weekly groceries, need one or 2 items, it's close so go there.
    19 Aug 2013, 04:01 PM Reply Like
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