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Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: usernmae44 ()
Date: January 12, 2012 04:31PM

elgian supermarket chain Delhaize says it is cutting almost 5,000 jobs in the United States as it closes 'underperforming' stores.

Delhaize said nationally it is shutting down 113 Food Lion supermarkets, as well as seven Bloom and six Bottom Dollar Food stores within the next 30 days.

In Maryland, the Bloom store on 8425 Woodsboro Pike in Walkersville will close.

In Virginia, Bloom stores will close at the following locations:

-7000 Columbia Pike, Annandale
- 43930 Farmwell Road, Ashburn
- 11181-A Lee highway, Fairfax
- 1050 Elden Street, Herndon
- 240 Fort Evans Road, Leesburg
- 14055 Nobelwood Plaza, Woodbridge

Five Bottom Dollar Food stores are slated to close in Virginia, and one in our area, at 8750 Richmond Highway in Alexandria.

A distribution center located in Tennessee will also be closed.

Ron Hodge, the CEO of Delhaize America, said "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.''

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Date: January 12, 2012 04:33PM

Thanks for posting news that has been posted in at least one, if not two threads.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: New Louies Rock City soon..LOL ()
Date: January 12, 2012 04:54PM

Bloom in Fairfax (Rust Rd/Jermantown) must be one of the Blooms on the chopping block. I guess Wallmart will expand its parrachute pants line. A new night club would be better. Bands , dancings, above normal bar fare food, drafts for 150 5-7pm... We Peeps need some new action. Come on investors!!

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Bloomers ()
Date: January 12, 2012 05:05PM

New Louies Rock City soon..LOL Wrote:
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> Bloom in Fairfax (Rust Rd/Jermantown) must be one
> of the Blooms on the chopping block. I guess
> Wallmart will expand its parrachute pants line. A
> new night club would be better. Bands , dancings,
> above normal bar fare food, drafts for 150
> 5-7pm... We Peeps need some new action. Come on
> investors!!


11181-A Lee highway, Fairfax
That's the one next to WalMart

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: ehhh ()
Date: January 12, 2012 05:18PM

I was only in the Fairfax Bloom once or twice.... was it typically a bad place to shop? If not, kinda feel bad for them... they didn't do nothing to anyone and WalMart comes in and knocks the shit out of them.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Tic ()
Date: January 12, 2012 05:27PM

New Louies Rock City soon..LOL Wrote:
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> Bloom in Fairfax (Rust Rd/Jermantown) must be one
> of the Blooms on the chopping block. I guess
> Wallmart will expand its parrachute pants line. A
> new night club would be better. Bands , dancings,
> above normal bar fare food, drafts for 150
> 5-7pm... We Peeps need some new action. Come on
> investors!!

Keep dreaming. Most likely a mattress store or martial art studio. We
need more of those.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: 6X ()
Date: January 12, 2012 05:29PM

Bottom Dollar was great when they first opened. They had 36packs of Bud for $11. Now all the prices are higher then Walmart & Aldi.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: nahhh ()
Date: January 12, 2012 05:30PM

Tic Wrote:
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> New Louies Rock City soon..LOL Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Bloom in Fairfax (Rust Rd/Jermantown) must be
> one
> > of the Blooms on the chopping block. I guess
> > Wallmart will expand its parrachute pants line.
> A
> > new night club would be better. Bands ,
> dancings,
> > above normal bar fare food, drafts for 150
> > 5-7pm... We Peeps need some new action. Come
> on
> > investors!!
>
> Keep dreaming. Most likely a mattress store or
> martial art studio. We
> need more of those.

?

Very logical for WalMart to take that spot. That's what they were probably planning on.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Tic ()
Date: January 12, 2012 05:48PM

nahhh Wrote:
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> Tic Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > New Louies Rock City soon..LOL Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Bloom in Fairfax (Rust Rd/Jermantown) must be
> > one
> > > of the Blooms on the chopping block. I guess
> > > Wallmart will expand its parrachute pants
> line.
> > A
> > > new night club would be better. Bands ,
> > dancings,
> > > above normal bar fare food, drafts for 150
> > > 5-7pm... We Peeps need some new action.
> Come
> > on
> > > investors!!
> >
> > Keep dreaming. Most likely a mattress store or
> > martial art studio. We
> > need more of those.
>
> ?
>
> Very logical for WalMart to take that spot. That's
> what they were probably planning on.

You're probably right. I was just being sarcastic. I liked the convenience
of Bloom because I live closeby and it was never very crowded. It still
isn't but it's been nearly empty of customers every since Wal-Mart
opened. The only consolation is that Wal-Mart groceries are cheaper
and the lines move quite fast. Parking is a mess though.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: wally pip jr. ()
Date: January 12, 2012 05:54PM

isn't the BLOOM in Annandale just a couple years old and company seemed to go to great expense to remodel that location
the fairfax city BLOOM(next to the new Walmart) was atrocious for its service. I got feeling the company sent all their worst employees to this one store. even way before the Walmart business sucked at this location

the BLOOM in Herndon seemed to draw heavily from the Hispanic population. here's an area that has had huge population increase and slated for much more with one Safeway, one Giant and one Shoppers Food Warehouse and none of them international grocery stores. seems like an underserved area but not as bad as Chantilly


Looks like the BLOOM in Fair Lakes, near the WALMART(always found this store decently run but has had a recent managerial change) remains open and the BlOOM between Chantilly and Herndon also


the only Bottom Dollar i know of around here is out in Manassas. went in last summer and found the prices were pretty much the same as most other discount grocer's i.e. Walmart with not much of a selection

I didn't realize that FOOD LION/BLOOM was not U.S. owned anymore. I seem to remember a former CEO was in a lot of their tv commercials back in the 1990's(ACC college basketball games) but he was ousted on not so good terms

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: big pimpin ()
Date: January 12, 2012 07:19PM

maybe the big pimp who drives the Benz that works at Bloom can go apply at Burger King...

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: ronsen ()
Date: January 12, 2012 07:56PM

goodbye and good riddance!!!! Don't let the door hit you on the way out Food Lion!!!! This place treated it's associates like garbage!!!!

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Food Lion=yucky ()
Date: January 12, 2012 07:58PM

Expired food is what made them close. Gross.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: You might be ()
Date: January 12, 2012 08:11PM

a redneck if you EVER worked at Food Lion.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Biggus Dickus ()
Date: January 12, 2012 08:28PM

Bloom was good because it used to carry sugar cane stalk (good for mojitos). Does anyone know where it's carried now?

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Rickdotfeltdotcom ()
Date: January 12, 2012 08:36PM

I lived by the Fairfax Bloom for 4 years, got carded for beer every time. There were only 10 people who worked there so I usually got the same cashier every trip. If the people were friendlier and there was a bigger draw than beer selection (which Wegmans has them beat handily on), they could have held on.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: usernmae44 ()
Date: January 12, 2012 09:51PM

For all you Walmart fans in NOVA, Walmart (in Fairfax) is to expand sometime in the not so distant future. Bloom is dead within 30 days and Walmart is looking to take over their store! Probably an obvious outcome with a Wally-World next door. Who's excited? (BTW, another pointless piece of information for a Facebook status update: Bloom's new hours for all who like that place is now Sunday --> Saturday (everyday) 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (that is right 6:00 pm).

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: BrandonGMU ()
Date: January 12, 2012 11:42PM

Just went to the Bloom in Annandale on Columbia Pike and found out that starting today they've reduced their store hours. Used to be open until 11 and now they close at 6. They're probably just trying to unload their current inventory before they close in a week or two.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Les ()
Date: January 13, 2012 12:12AM

there's a Bloom next to Walmart in Fair Lakes also. I'm surprised that one stays in business. Even worse (for Food Lion), it's next to three big boxes that sell groceries.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: goner0 ()
Date: January 13, 2012 12:17AM

I remember when the one off of Ox Road closed they stopped sending shipments on the trucks and the manager got transfered so they brought in this temporary guy. Then everything went on sale and the hours were reduced. Eventually they just closed down and Golds Gym came in but the phones still had the food lion on it for the longest time. I knew some people who worked there and apparently the company and they were transferred either to Manassas or Lee Highway. I never bought chicken from the store because it was prepacked. However the meat had some good cuts. The butcher really knew what he was doing so you could get some lean pieces there. That location seems to be the kiss of death for that shopping center. I remember Crown Books, Track Auto, Fresh Fields, Food Lion, and now Gold's Gym. Just a matter of time before they leave.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: in tears ()
Date: January 13, 2012 12:39AM

Whats with all these closings? Isn't the Obama stimulus working, I bet Mitt Romney had something to do with this.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Stinkfist ()
Date: January 13, 2012 01:02AM

Bloom sucks. It's a Food Lion with a fresh coat of paint. Food Lion still hasnt recovered from that bullshit time when they bleached spoiled meats.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Be Nice to the Greeters ()
Date: January 13, 2012 01:15AM

nahhh Wrote:
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> Very logical for WalMart to take that spot. That's
> what they were probably planning on.


Which would explain why WalMart placed their centered on the building rather than their store. When they expand it will look like it was always planned that way.

Any chance that's enough space for them to be a "Super"?

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Annandale Geezer ()
Date: January 13, 2012 06:50AM

Maybe A&P will reopen in its old location!

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: woahhh ()
Date: January 13, 2012 11:45AM

Be Nice to the Greeters Wrote:
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> nahhh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
>
> > Very logical for WalMart to take that spot.
> That's
> > what they were probably planning on.
>
>
> Which would explain why WalMart placed their
> centered on the building rather than their store.
> When they expand it will look like it was always
> planned that way.
>
> Any chance that's enough space for them to be a
> "Super"?

If they convert that whole center to a super, they will need to do something with the flow of the parking lot. It's bad enough now. If they convert and don't do anything with the lot.. it will be the worst one in Fairfax.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Algonkian ()
Date: January 13, 2012 01:57PM

Damn, I live in Sterling and was saddened to see that my Bloom was not on the hit list. Oh well, there's always next year...

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: You're An Idiot ()
Date: January 13, 2012 02:16PM

goner0 Wrote:
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> I remember when the one off of Ox Road closed they
> stopped sending shipments on the trucks and the
> manager got transfered so they brought in this
> temporary guy. Then everything went on sale and
> the hours were reduced. Eventually they just
> closed down and Golds Gym came in but the phones
> still had the food lion on it for the longest
> time. I knew some people who worked there and
> apparently the company and they were transferred
> either to Manassas or Lee Highway. I never bought
> chicken from the store because it was prepacked.
> However the meat had some good cuts. The butcher
> really knew what he was doing so you could get
> some lean pieces there. That location seems to be
> the kiss of death for that shopping center. I
> remember Crown Books, Track Auto, Fresh Fields,
> Food Lion, and now Gold's Gym. Just a matter of
> time before they leave.


Yeah, just a matter of time until the Gold's leaves. Sure. It's not like that gym isn't packed every morning, every evening, and all weekend.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: so_are_you ()
Date: January 13, 2012 02:49PM

You're An Idiot Wrote:
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> goner0 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I remember when the one off of Ox Road closed
> they
> > stopped sending shipments on the trucks and the
> > manager got transfered so they brought in this
> > temporary guy. Then everything went on sale
> and
> > the hours were reduced. Eventually they just
> > closed down and Golds Gym came in but the
> phones
> > still had the food lion on it for the longest
> > time. I knew some people who worked there and
> > apparently the company and they were
> transferred
> > either to Manassas or Lee Highway. I never
> bought
> > chicken from the store because it was prepacked.
>
> > However the meat had some good cuts. The
> butcher
> > really knew what he was doing so you could get
> > some lean pieces there. That location seems to
> be
> > the kiss of death for that shopping center. I
> > remember Crown Books, Track Auto, Fresh Fields,
> > Food Lion, and now Gold's Gym. Just a matter
> of
> > time before they leave.
>
>
> Yeah, just a matter of time until the Gold's
> leaves. Sure. It's not like that gym isn't
> packed every morning, every evening, and all
> weekend.


Yeah and it's not like Fresh Fields wasn't packed day and night either. The people who own the shopping center are the ones who jack up their lease. However the reason behind Food Lion's departure was for mixed reasons. First, they were int he process of converting all of the Food Lions either to Bottom Dolalrs or Bloom. Second, the owners of the shopping center kept screwing around with the lease, Food Lion did not own the building. Since the location had some of the weirdest demographics, the company couldn't decide on turning it into a Bottom Dollar or a Bloom. So they just closed the location completely. Like I said there would be some of the weirdest custoemrs and people who frequented that place like the Indian guy in a Jaguar who used to go through the dumpsters and steal expired food.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: get this ()
Date: January 13, 2012 07:14PM

these douches are now open only till 6 pm!

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Grocery Shopper ()
Date: January 13, 2012 08:01PM

Kind of saw this coming a couple years back after transition from Food Lion to updated Bloom. All things considered- Bloom food stores are pretty nice. Their advertising never did compete with Giant and Harris Teeter.

Lot's of jobs being lost 'round here and should be a concern for ALL that read this thread. Let's hope those that are losing their Bloom jobs get some kind of severance-pay benefit that affords them some time to seek new employment. No one needs to be without a job these days in N. VA!

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: liberal weasel ()
Date: January 13, 2012 08:18PM

I heard Obama is going to give them 10 trillion dollars in stimulus money to stay open proclaiming their chicken too good to fail

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Date: January 13, 2012 08:32PM

Bloom has done a pretty good job of appealing to no one. It's like marketers came together and said,"let's make a grocery store that elicits absolutely no interest from potential customers and call it some mundane...like Bloom."

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: nelson cty ()
Date: January 13, 2012 10:08PM

I think Food Lion strayed too far from it's rural niche.

I have a hunting camp in Lovingston, Va (about 30 miles south of Charlottesville) and for years the only grocery store was a crappy IGA that was about half the size of a CVS drug store. Food Lion built a big new store out on 29 and now the locals are happy as pigs in shit. The IGA went belly up and now Food Lion is the only game in town.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: say ()
Date: January 13, 2012 10:15PM

Stinkfist Wrote:
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> Bloom sucks. It's a Food Lion with a fresh coat of
> paint. Food Lion still hasnt recovered from that
> bullshit time when they bleached spoiled meats.

I'm not sure that bleached meat story was legit. Didn't the same Dateline bunch do a story about Chevy pickup truck fuel tanks that allegedly blew up in collisions? When their test truck failed to explode they used an explosive device to help it along.

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Re: Bloom TV Commercials
Posted by: Adios.. ()
Date: January 13, 2012 10:45PM

I've always found the Bloom TV commercials kinda creepy, I never shopped in a Bloom but have to the Bottom Dollar in ALex. due to convenience when I happen to be heading to the boat.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Date: January 13, 2012 11:28PM

say Wrote:
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> Stinkfist Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Bloom sucks. It's a Food Lion with a fresh coat
> of
> > paint. Food Lion still hasnt recovered from
> that
> > bullshit time when they bleached spoiled meats.
>
> I'm not sure that bleached meat story was legit.
> Didn't the same Dateline bunch do a story about
> Chevy pickup truck fuel tanks that allegedly blew
> up in collisions? When their test truck failed to
> explode they used an explosive device to help it
> along.


They didn't bleach it. They would take meat that was expired, cover it in BBQ and package it as new.

In fairness, I think it only happened at one store and the employees responsible were fired as soon as Food Lion found out about it. In fact, Food Lion won the lawsuit (I think it was against ABC's PrimeTime Live, not NBC's Dateline), claiming that they were lied to by the ABC employee and hired him/her under false pretenses. If you notice, you don't see those hidden camera shows anymore because of it. Small victory, but, yes, Food Lion has never fully recovered from the bad press.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: John E. Walker ()
Date: January 14, 2012 08:26AM

Went to the Ffx Bloom a couple of times. Won't miss it.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: wally pip jr. ()
Date: January 14, 2012 09:18AM

Will Fairfax BLOOM have deep discount on Twinkies?

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: BuckFutterman ()
Date: January 14, 2012 09:23AM

WashingTone-Locian Wrote:
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> say Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Stinkfist Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Bloom sucks. It's a Food Lion with a fresh
> coat
> > of
> > > paint. Food Lion still hasnt recovered from
> > that
> > > bullshit time when they bleached spoiled
> meats.
> >
> > I'm not sure that bleached meat story was legit.
>
> > Didn't the same Dateline bunch do a story about
> > Chevy pickup truck fuel tanks that allegedly
> blew
> > up in collisions? When their test truck failed
> to
> > explode they used an explosive device to help
> it
> > along.
>
>
> They didn't bleach it. They would take meat that
> was expired, cover it in BBQ and package it as
> new.
>
> In fairness, I think it only happened at one store
> and the employees responsible were fired as soon
> as Food Lion found out about it. In fact, Food
> Lion won the lawsuit (I think it was against ABC's
> PrimeTime Live, not NBC's Dateline), claiming that
> they were lied to by the ABC employee and hired
> him/her under false pretenses. If you notice, you
> don't see those hidden camera shows anymore
> because of it. Small victory, but, yes, Food Lion
> has never fully recovered from the bad press.

I saw this report in first run, so I can say with authority that it was on ABC's 20/20 (although I think they also aired the same segment on PrimeTime Live). They put barbecue sauce on expired meat (I think it was spare ribs), and used bleach and lemon juice on expired fish.

I got so angry when I saw the report (fucking with my food is one of the things I can guarantee will make me lose my temper, and quickly) that I vowed never to shop at a Food Lion again, and when I broke my vow 12 years later, it was only to buy canned or packaged goods where I could check the expiration date.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/14/2012 09:27AM by BuckFutterman.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: Aunt misery ()
Date: January 14, 2012 09:43AM

"Expired food is what made them close. Gross"

I find this to be the case at many grocery stores these days

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: uncle fred ()
Date: January 14, 2012 09:53AM

"Yeah, just a matter of time until the Gold's
leaves. Sure. It's not like that gym isn't
packed every morning, every evening, and all
weekend."


btws, is that Gold's Gym in Burke off Chain Bridge formerly the one that was located in Fairfax City in the old Fairfax Elementary school? If it is still owned by the brother's who started the Gold's gym's in NoVa? I think the one in Fairfax City was the first they opened in the area.

And my prediction for next grocery store to close is the Fresh Market in Vienna. Business is very slow. Poor choice of location by Fresh Market right next to a huge Giant and Whole Foods down the street. I actually like Fresh Market but they really should have located elsewhere in the county. Like out in underserved Chantilly

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: say ()
Date: January 14, 2012 10:24AM

wally pip jr. Wrote:
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> Will Fairfax BLOOM have deep discount on Twinkies?

Twinkies may be on their way out too. Hostess filed for bankruptcy this week.

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: wally pip jr. ()
Date: January 14, 2012 10:55AM

"Twinkies may be on their way out too. Hostess filed for bankruptcy this week."

yeah I'm looking to stock up with a lifetime supply of twinkies and wonder bread at a deep discount of course

i'll need to invest in a new freezer. think i'll head over to Kmart and see what they got left

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Re: Breaking news from Bloom
Posted by: secret shopper54 ()
Date: January 14, 2012 12:40PM

Algonkian Wrote:
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> Damn, I live in Sterling and was saddened to see
> that my Bloom was not on the hit list. Oh well,
> there's always next year...


The Great falls plaza bloom will be returned to food lion.
I always liked food lion better than bloom.
It will be great to have food lion around again. Its king of like a cross between a 7-11 and a giant. Great place to stop on the way home from work to get a 12 pack of sam adams, some chips and baby carrots. Not so good for weekly shopping.

Here is the full list of food lion conversions

http://www.shopbloom.com/Assets/Docs/Press/Delhaize_America_Store_Conversions.pdf

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