September 12, 2014
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Customers pack BI-LO store No. 5057 in Simsonville, S.C. to check out the newly-remodeled store.​

Spectators gathered Aug. 27 to listen to BI-LO representatives and Simpsonville, South Carolina Chamber President and CEO Allison McGarity officially re-welcome remodeled BI-LO Store No. 5057.

At the ceremony, BI-LO District Director Tommy Brown and store No. 5057 Director Mark Vaughn thanked the associates who made the transformed store a reality. As a red, velvet ribbon was cut, the newly-transformed store was dedicated.

The updated 44,000 square-foot store, located in the Five Forks community of Simpsonville, now features BI-LO's newer design, which combines the atmosphere of a specialty grocer with the personalized service of a neighborhood market.

“We value our customers and neighbors in the city’s Five Forks area, and we are excited for them to re-experience their neighborhood BI-LO,” said Fred Shropshier, BI-LO regional vice president. “This newly remodeled location represents our commitment to meeting the community’s wants and needs.”

After much anticipation from the local community, the store opened its doors and welcomed an estimated 1,400 customers and local dignitaries during an Open House celebration. Cheerleaders from the University of South Carolina greeted visitors.

Shoppers tasted samples and reviewed the store's new upgrades, which include an expanded deli and bakery, featuring a combined hot bar and carving station, flaming rotisserie, wing bar, olive bar and custom sandwich station, as well as an expanded specialty cut-and-wrap cheese program with an experienced wine and cheese steward. There now also is a sushi bar addition and an expanded selection of organic and natural products, as well as gluten-free products.

“We have a great team that is dedicated to providing customers the best possible shopping experience,” said Brown. “From our specialty cheese program to our prepared sushi, we hope that customers will consider the remodeled store an enjoyable, convenient shopping experience with all of their favorite varieties.”

As part of the celebration, customers donated food to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Those who donated received a “mystery” gift card to use during checkout, with as much as a $500 prize. The store collected an estimated 2,000 pounds of food during the event and more than 6,000 pounds since the remodeling was completed.

"We're incredibly proud to serve such a giving community," said Vaughn. "With their support, we can continue to give back to our neighbors and to make an impact in the lives of those who need us most. Our remodeled store will only open new doors for us to invest inside and outside of our walls, building stronger relationships and showing Five Forks what BI-LO is all about."

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Top Photo, from left: District Director Tommy Brown, Chamber President Allison McGarity, Store Director Mark Vaughn, Regional Vice President Fred Shropshier. Bottom left photo: Store Director Mark Vaughn; bottom right photo, District Director Tommy Brown .

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University of South Carolina cheerleaders pose with a BI-LO store No.5057 customer.

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BI-LO Store No. 5057’s newer design, combining the atmosphere of a specialty grocer, with the personalized service of a neighborhood market.


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A customer samples some of the store’s new specialty cheese with the help of Bambi Weisenborn, experienced wine and cheese steward.

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Shoppers dropping off donated items into baskets for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

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