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With the Orangeburg Reid’s scheduled to close Sunday, May 31, the search for a new tenant for the Chestnut Street building goes on.

The Orangeburg Reid’s is scheduled to close May 31 as the search for a new tenant for the Chestnut Street building continues.

“A search for a new tenant is currently in progress, and we are interested in entertaining qualified offers from a wide range of retailers or businesses,” Bi-Lo Holdings LLC spokeswoman Julianne Roberts said Friday.

Despite the closure of Orangeburg’s Reid’s, Roberts said the existing Bi-Lo stores on Chestnut Street and Stonewall Jackson Boulevard will “adopt several popular Reid’s products and programs.”

“Customers love Reid’s, and we do, too, which is why we are partnering with Reid Boylston to marry the best of the Reid’s with the best of the Bi-Lo at ... eight neighboring Bi-Lo stores,” said Allen Reavis, Bi-Lo regional vice president.

An example of the products Reid’s customers will be able to find at Bi-Lo include ground beef, 10-pound boxes of pork riblets and 20-pound boxes of chicken legs, according to a company news release.

Store hours at the existing Bi-Lo’s in Orangeburg will also be extended, company officials say. The stores will now open at 5 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. daily.

Breakfast will be served at the stores daily at 6 a.m.

Last year, Bi-Lo Holdings LLC announced it entered into an agreement with Delhaize Group to buy substantially all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize for $265 million in cash.

Bi-Lo then said it would close 13 of the 155 stores, including the Orangeburg Reid’s.

The Orangeburg store is being closed because it is too close — right next door — to an existing Bi-Lo store, officials say.

Reid’s opened its Chestnut Street location in November 2004. The 32,000-square-foot store employs about 70.

Prices will be marked down in the days prior to the store’s closing, according to company officials.

Contact the writer: 803-533-5551

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Business Reporter

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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