The old Forest Drive Bi-Lo has a big time new tenant!

It looks like the old Bi-Lo on Forest Drive is about to have a new tenant, and it’s a big one for the area.

Lowes Foods will be filling the spot at 4711 Forest Drive with plans to open in mid-2018.

“The Columbia market is an important part of our company’s overall strategy to remodel existing stores and build new ones.  In addition to the Columbia market, we also have a store under construction in Summerville near Charleston, and we have a store planned for Mt. Pleasant,” Lowes Foods president Tim Lowe said.  “During the construction phase of our two Lexington stores, we have received an incredible welcome to the Columbia area and are very excited to extend Lowes Foods’ unique grocery shopping experience to our new friends.”

Bi-Lo closed late last year.

The Forest Drive location is the third Lowes location in the Columbia area, following the construction of the store in Lexington — set to open May 24 — and the construction of another on Hope Ferry Road.