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Food Lion to close stores in Gainesville, Jefferson
In Georgia, 29 stores will close
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Food Lion announced Thursday that it is closing 113 stores nationwide, including stores in Gainesville and Jefferson.

A total of 29 stores are closing in Georgia as part of a broad restructuring by Delhaize America, the grocery store's parent company.

"Today's actions will continue to solidify our U.S. operations and enable our company to focus on our successful brand strategy repositioning at Food Lion and the expansion of Bottom Dollar Food in new markets," said Ron Hodge, CEO of Delhaize America.

All affected stores will close within 30 days. Nationwide, a total of 4,900 employees - including about 1,000 in Georgia - will lose their jobs. It was not known immediately how many employees work at the Gainesville and Jefferson locations.

Food Lion will continue to operate 27 stores in Georgia.

This story will be updated.

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