(March 29) Lone Star Funds, Greenville, S.C., will spin off Bruno's Supermarkets and return the chain's headquarters to Birmingham, Al., according to the Birmingham Business Journal.

Private equity firm Lone Star plans to separate Bruno's from BI-LO LLC and will operate it as a separate corporate entity, which will operate 23 supermarkets under the Bruno's banner, 42 Food World and two Food Max stores.

Seven "unprofitable" Food World/Food Max stores will be closed April 7, the Business Journal reported.