Part 2 Consents
According to the FTC's complaint, Bi-Lo’s proposed $265 million acquisition of the Delhaize supermarkets would likely harm consumers through higher grocery prices, diminished quality and reduced service levels in 11 local markets in three states. The consent order requires the merged Bi-Lo/Delhaize to sell 12 stores to Rowes IGA Supermarkets, HAC, Inc., W. Lee Flowers & Co., Inc. and Food Giant. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Bi-Lo will acquire the Delhaize stores on a rolling basis, through eight separate deal closings over a 10-week period. Each supermarket divestiture must be completed within 10 days of the respective Bi-Lo/Delhaize closing date. The FTC settlement preserves supermarket competition in 11 local markets in three states.