Belgian food retailer Delhaize "Le Lion" has one big cub -- Delhaize America. With some 1,550 supermarkets and discount grocery stores in 17 states from Maine to Georgia, the holding company is one of the largest supermarket operators on the East Coast. Banners include: Food Lion (some 1,100 stores located mainly in the Carolinas and Virginia, but also in eight other eastern seaboard states); the Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain (about 180 stores in New England and New York); and 70 Harveys supermarkets. The grocery operator is quitting Florida with the sale of its Sweetbay chain there. Delhaize America provides shared services for all of its banners. Delhaize Group established its US subsidiary in 1999.