Bloom and Food Lion Store Closings – Sales Update
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I spoke to an employee of the the Walkersville, MD Bloom Grocery Store (one that is closing) this morning. She reported that as of now, they WILL NOT be offering 75% off tomorrow and will remain at 50% off, because the store still has a lot of merchandise. They still have items like: cereal, noodles, spices and health & beauty aids (HBA) left. Check the HBA prices carefully as these items might be at a better price at a drug store with coupons and promotions. Also double check expiration dates of food items as all sales are final.
They said the Walkersville, MD Bloom Store is not that crowded this morning. They WILL accept manufacturer coupons at face value only, with no doubling. And they are NOT accepting Bloom Coupons at this point.
I have seen customer reports that many of the Food Lions that are closing are almost out of merchandise, in some markets. And I have heard that some shoppers can be pretty aggressive, and it’s been described as the Black Friday of Grocery Shopping. (Wish they had a Cyber Monday – that would be much easier.)
Also of note – the Bloom Stores that are being converted to a Food Lion and are NOT CLOSING, are having a Super Doubles Sale on Saturday 1/28. We would recommend calling your store in advance to double check if you plan to go. For a full list of stores and their status click here.
Here’s what we recommend if you plan to go to a Bloom or Food Lion Store Closing Sale:
1. Call ahead and double check the store hours. (Most are open only 8 AM – 6 PM.)
2. Get there early.
2. Call ahead and double check the 75% discount if you plan to go on Saturday.
3. Bring your coupons, even if they may not be honored. It’s best to be prepared.
4. Some people are bringing their own bags or even a laundry basket in case they cannot get a cart.
5. Be patient, and if possible, leave the kiddies at home with a babysitter or neighbor, but you may want to bring their stroller in case you can’t get a cart!
6. If you need to bring the little ones, bring snacks and a little activity for them to do, or a toy to occupy them during the long lines at checkout.
6. Be sure to express your regret to the employees who are losing their jobs!!
Good luck and here’s hoping that the employees of Food Lion and Bloom, who are affected by the store closings, find a great job at a growing chain like The Fresh Market or Harris Teeter!