While speculation over the future of Sweetbay generated the majority of industry buzz in the Bi-Lo-Delhaize deal, more than half of the stores in the proposed transaction are from the retailer’s smallest divisions. That would be Harveys and Reid’s, two banners Delhaize acquired to bolster its Food Lion banner in small towns in the Deep South. Reid’s was a single-store operation in Barnwell, S.C., when acquired by Food Lion in 1998. Reid Boylston, its founder and ...

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