Bi-Lo plans to shutter a Summerville location

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Summerville is losing one of its supermarkets next month.

Bi-Lo at 10150 Dorchester Road will close Sept. 10 because its lease has expired, the store manager confirmed Friday.

Most grocery merchandise will be sold at a 35 percent discount, and frozen foods at a 10 percent discount. Fresh foods in the produce, bakery and deli sections will not be discounted. Steeper discounts will be offered the week of the store closure, the manager said.

Bi-Lo's four other locations in Summerville will remain open.

There are several other supermarkets along Dorchester Road in Summerville, including Publix at Palmetto Pavilion, and a new, expanded version of Harris Teeter that opened early this year as the anchor tenant of the Corner at Wescott Shopping Center.

Another Harris Teeter is under development in the area at the site of the former Piggly Wiggly, 680 Bacons Bridge Road.

AMF Triangle Lanes, a West Ashley bowling alley at 1963 Savannah Highway near Interstate 526, has closed in the past few weeks. Another area bowling alley, Ashley Lanes, remains open at 1568 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Virginia-based AMF merged last year with Bowlmor, which resulted in AMF Bowlmor, now the largest bowling center operator in the world. Triangle Lanes was one of the company's 250 locations in the United States.

Big Lots announced last week that it plans to beef up its food offerings. The company, which has five stores in the Charleston area and nearly 1,500 stores across the country, plans to redesign its grocery department and add more brands.

The closeout retailer will now offer goods by brands such as Kraft, Duncan Hines, Nutella and Pillsbury. It's also expanding its assortment of international foods such as Asian, Hispanic and European cuisines. The company plans to introduce cooler and freezer units to 600 of its stores this year, says its annual report.

Big Lots is emphasizing its food offerings in an effort to attract more recipients of government assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, the report says.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.