Grocery store to see changes

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Troy residents will be seeing some changes at Food World, to include the name hanging on the storefront.

The grocery store was among 57 other stores in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida recently acquired by Belle Foods from Southern Family Markets.

“Belle Foods is eager to begin serving the community and building great relationships with all of our current and future shoppers,” said Bill White, the company’s president and CEO. “We are not just looking for where sales will come from next week. We are looking at how we can build a company that will last in these communities for the next 60 years.”

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Paul McLaughlin, advertising and public relations manager for Belle Foods, said Troy’s Food World will get a facelift and sign change, but there’s no timeline in place for that just yet.

And, McLaughlin added that Belle’s goal is to retain all current employees.

“Belle Foods is excited to bring the family aspect of the business to our customers. We have hand picked top executives throughout the U.S. to bring in a wealth of industry knowledge and experience,” McLaughlin said.

Max Henderson Jr., president of Southern Family Markets, is also backing the change.

“We are very excited about the completion of this transaction, the long-term view that Bill White and his son Jeff are taking going forward, and their strong commitment toward community involvement,” Henderson said. “Their vision, combined with our associates’ knowledge, experience and dedication should prove to be a great and winning combination.”

Belle’s plan going forward is to “bring back the family-owned theme that once made these stores so special when the Bruno’s family owned many of them.”