Food Lion is closing its two remaining supermarkets in Mount Pleasant and a store in Moncks Corner, as parent company Delhaize America shutters 126 stores nationwide.

An estimated 4,900 employees will lose their jobs due to the restructuring, according to the 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. "While these were difficult decisions given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, we believe these actions will enable us to better serve our customers in our markets with high density, while positioning the company for future growth."

The stores slated for closing will shut down within 30 days.

In Mount Pleasant, Food Lion has been competing for customers in an area where rivals have opens many large, new stores. Often, rivals are right across the street, in an affluent town that now has 18 full-service supermarkets.

In 2010, Food Lion closed another location in Mount Pleasant, on Coleman Boulevard, as the company shuttered 15 stores across 11 states.

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The Moncks Corner store that Food Lion will close is at U.S. Highway 52 and the U.S. Highway 52 Bypass. Mount Pleasant locations are on Longpoint Road and South Morgans Point Road.

Read more in Friday's editions of The Post and Courier.