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Piney Orchard Bloom to Become Food Lion Again

The parent company of the grocery store is eliminating the Bloom banner and closing 126 other stores.

The in Piney Orchard will become a Food Lion again, as the parent company of both grocers undergoes a restructuring.

Delhaize America announced Thursday that it will be closing 126 Food Lion stores, and that it will be eliminating the Bloom banner.

A list of affected stores obtained by the Washington Post shows that the store at the Village Center shopping center in Piney Orchard will be one of 42 stores converted to the Food Lion brand.

The Bloom in Piney Orchard had been a Food Lion when it opened in 1998, but was converted to Bloom several years later. Now it's converting back.

The conversion will happen sometime in the first quarter of 2012, the company said.

The Food Lion store on Annapolis Road in Hanover will not be affected.

Tim Lemke (Editor) January 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
One thing to note: Bloom has always been generous in donating about-to-expire bread and other items each week to the Christian Assistance Program food pantry. One hopes that they will continue to do so after reverting back to Food Lion.
Justin January 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I worked the grand opening of Foodlion as a cashier back in high school and I remember the store being a no thrills store. No Pharmacy and no floral department so will they be going back to that? I used to love the super low prices and how easy it was to find stuff in the store because it carried only the basics, I sure hope the redesign brings that back.
Denise Woodring January 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I love the people at Bloom!!! I hope they can all keep their jobs!!!
Jeanna Acklin January 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Really like Bloom - don't care for Food Lion!
Bryon January 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I hope it's just a name change. I use this pharmacy and it's low priced prescriptions. I agree the staff are great. Martha always stops to chat whenever she sees us shopping.
Sandy January 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Bloom has also been wonderful to Odenton Elementary School by donating things for various activities. I am very happy the store isn't closing and quite frankly prefer the Food Lion over Bloom.
Thea Warner January 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
This reminds me - has anyone heard any news about the old SuperFresh location in Odenton? I also agree about the people at Bloom. One example - when a cashier out on break noticed that my car wouldn't start a couple years ago, he offered a jump start.
Ellen January 13, 2012 at 06:20 PM
We were not so enamored with the Food Lion format when we moved here, but loved when they became Bloom's ... particularly the enhanced meat/seafood department and the improved produce. We also really appreciate the personalized assistance from the pharmacy. I sure hope that they are able to retain these services! Otherwise we'll be back to shopping for all but the basics elsewhere, which will be a shame!
Susan Kim January 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I *really* hope they put a full grocery store where the Super Fresh used to be.
K January 14, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Most of the staff at Bloom are terrible-- deli staff non-attentive, cashiers argue with customers and customer service staff who reluctantly help you. I hope Food Lion has standards for employees. The pharmacy staff are great and so helpful. The rest of the staff could learn from them.

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