The grocery store chain that owns Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie and Harvey’s is facing bankruptcy within the next month, according to Bloomberg news.
Southeastern Grocers, the parent company, has looked into other options before going bankrupt, such as asset sales and debt-to-equity sales. The company has gone bankrupt twice already and carries $1 billion in debt to its creditors.
Bi-Lo has yet to close stores or lay off employees, but it has been reported that up to 200 stores could be closing among the grocery chains. Southeastern Grocers also owns Fresco y Mas, which could be affected as well.
The company is the fifth-largest grocer in the U.S., owning 700 stores and employing 50,000 workers.
Police are looking for 44-year-old Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez after he went missing while driving for Uber on Saturday night. He was last seen in Southwest Charlotte on Ayrshire Glen Place.
Medina-Chevez was last seen wearing a gray short-sleeve shirt, jeans and sandals, according to police. Medina-Chevez is described as 5-foot-5 and has black hair with dark eyes. If you have any information, call 911.
South Charlotte Whole Foods opens this week
A high-end grocery store is adding its third location near Providence Road next week. The new Whole Foods will open at 7221 Waverly Walk Ave. on May 23. You can read more about the grand opening here.
Mint Museum Uptown receives $150,000 grant
The stairs at Mint Museum Uptown are about to get a lot cooler thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.
The huge concrete stairs lead to the front entrance, and some visitors have said they are intimidating, according to The Mint Museum website. The new stairs will be equipped with LEDs that are interactive to the touch, just like the Seventh Street Station, which is where the inspiration came from. Full story here.
Trump goes to the Middle East
President Donald Trump made his first international trip to Saudi Arabia over the weekend. He is heading to Israel on Monday. Full coverage here.
Sea lion grabs girl from pier
A girl was snatched from a Canadian pier when a sea lion attacked her, pulling her headfirst into the water. Luckily, a man who is believed to be her relative jumped in to save her.
Charlotte residents alarmed after ICE raids across country
After over 600 people have been detained by federal immigration officials nationwide, rumors swirled that Charlotte Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials have targeted schools for these arrests.
Officials have denied profiling or sweeping areas in Charlotte after the Facebook rumors last week. According to The New York Times, over 200 people have been arrested in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Many are on edge after President Donald Trump signed an executive order increasing national security, and some are worried these arrests are just the beginning.
Under former President Barrack Obama’s administration, there were over 2,000 arrested in one week in 2015, and a staggering 2.5 million during his presidency, according to ABC News.
California dam on the brink of failure, evacuation underway
A hole in the emergency spillway of California’s Oroville Dam has caused some residents of the state to evacuate. Yuba and Butte counties, about half an hour north of Sacramento, are currently fleeing. The country’s tallest dam used its emergency spillway after it reached its maximum capacity while the primary spillway was damaged. It developed a hole that is eroding and could cause major flooding downstream. Although it is unknown the number of people who are evacuating, the Associated Press reports around 100,000 people are on their way out.
You can read the latest on this story by clicking here.
North Korea fires ballistic missile
North Korea launched a ballistic missile in what some consider an attempt to provoke a response from President Donald Trump. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was visiting Trump in Mar-A-Lago at the time, which prompted a quick response from the president to any threats to Japan: “The United States of America stands behind Japan… 100 percent.”
Adele sweeps Grammys
Pop superstar Adele humbly accepted five Grammys on Sunday night, including wins for best song, album and record of the year. You can read more about her reluctantly receiving the awards while praising Beyoncé during her speech by clicking here.
Jazz legend Al Jarreau dies at 76
Al Jarreau, an iconic jazz artist, died Sunday. His career spanned 50 years and produced 20 albums. You can read more about him by clicking here.
The top local story came in Friday afternoon where U.S. Appeals court struck down North Carolina’s Voter ID law, a law enacted in 2013 has been one of many topics that put the Carolinas in the national spotlight. The court ruling decided that the law with discriminatory intent against African-Americans. Read full article here.
Trump found himself in hot water after commenting about a Muslim family that spoke at the DNC, and had lost a son in the Iraq war. “… if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say.” adding “She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.” Many Republicans fell silent after Trump made these comments, leaving the Republican Candidate to fend for himself. Ghazala Khan, mother of a fallen US soldier, wrote in a Washington Post editorial “[Trump] knows nothing about sacrifice.” Khizr Khan later interviewed on CNN and echoed the same message. Read full story here.