West Columbia BI-LO becoming a KJ’s Market IGA

The BI-LO at Westside Plaza Shopping Center will become a KJ’s Market IGA grocery store. The transition date for the new store is slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 15.

Phil Payment, president of W. Lee Flowers Co. in Scranton confirmed Monday that the BI-LO at 2349 Augusta Road, West Columbia is transitioning from BI-LO to KJ’s Market IGA.

Earlier this month, Parkland Plaza’s management company announced the BI-LO grocery store at Parkland Plaza, in Cayce, will become a Food Lion.

In September, Hickory, N.C.-based Alex Lee announced it would buy 20 BI-LO stores as Southeastern Grocers announced it would sell Bi-Lo stores in South Carolina.

Alex Lee said at the time it would convert 15 of the BI-LO stores to the KJ’s Market IGA. Alex Lee also owns Lowes Foods.

The company, at the time of the sale, said it would meet with BI-LO employees to discuss employment opportunities.

Alex Lee President and CEO Brian George stated: “We have an opportunity to accelerate our growth in these markets while continuing to provide shoppers with a unique grocery shopping experience in their local communities.”

Alex Lee acquired W. Lee Flowers in the fall of 2019.