I vaguely remember talk of Food Lion having great financial difficulties and having to close a number of their stores. What I apparently missed was that the two holding companies of Martins and Food Lion decided to merge last year so in effect both store chains have the same ownership.
Very simply, Food Lion takes the Martin’s Cards for discounts and GAS POINTS. I wish I knew this earlier since I have lost lots of points shopping at Food Lion stores which are closer to my house. I only realized something was afoot when I went to Food Lion in Kearneysville, WV this morning and there was a man buffing the floors wearing a Martins T-Shirt. I thought it strange and asked the check out clerk who told me the rest of the story. When asked why there is no mention of using your Martins Bonus Card at Food Lion she could only shrug her shoulders.
Now for the more interesting part of what I learned this morning.
Did you know that both parent companies are Scandinavian? I wonder if they pay taxes in the USA. Royal Ahold owned Martin’s and Delhaize Group owned Food Lion. The Merger is now called Ahold Delhaize.
The merger has created the sixth largest food retailer in the United States. Combined, the two companies have more than 6,500 stores and 375,000 employees worldwide.