Back to Basics for Bi-Lo, and for Its New CEO

Michael Byars, who took over last week as the new president and chief executive officer of Bi-Lo, has a pretty good idea of what he's getting into. He grew up in Gaffney, S.C., about 45 miles from the retailer's headquarters here, and has a lengthy industry career spent mainly with Bi-Lo's competitors. Being very familiar with Bi-Lo, I'm looking forward to joining the company, Byars

MAULDIN, S.C. — Michael Byars, who took over last week as the new president and chief executive officer of Bi-Lo, has a pretty good idea of what he's getting into. He grew up in Gaffney, S.C., about 45 miles from the retailer's headquarters here, and has a lengthy industry career spent mainly with Bi-Lo's competitors.

“Being very familiar with Bi-Lo, I'm looking forward to joining the compan

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