FOOD LION BLAMES UNION FOR SOUTHWEST EXIT

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion told SN last week its decision to close and sell its 61 stores in the Southwest was largely due to the effects of a negative publicity campaign generated by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union."The union activity made it difficult for us to be able to establish a customer base there," said Chris Ahearn, the chain's director of corporate communications.As reported

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion told SN last week its decision to close and sell its 61 stores in the Southwest was largely due to the effects of a negative publicity campaign generated by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

"The union activity made it difficult for us to be able to establish a customer base there," said Chris Ahearn, the chain's director of corporate communications.

As reported in SN last week, Food Lion said it will close its stores in Texas, Oklahoma

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