A large group of customers, community leaders, and store associates joined together this week to cut the ribbon on Food Lion's newest location at 9146 Cleveland Road in Clayton, N.C.
Over 100 customers were in line by 7:30 a.m., ready for the ribbon to be cut and receive their free $10 gift cards to jumpstart their refreshing shopping experience.
The new store features Food Lion's newest format, with an easier to navigate footprint so customers can get in and out more quickly.
After the ribbon cutting, customers strolled through the new store's walk-in produce cooler that keeps produce fresher, longer. Nearby was the hot wing bar – offering customers several flavor varieties of fresh chicken wings on a daily basis – and a deli counter featuring pre-sliced meats and cheeses, including the new Taste of Inspirations premium line.
"We have listened to our customers in this market and we look forward to bringing an expanded assortment of quality, fresh products to our customers, while keeping the low prices they expect from Food Lion," said Randy Deschaine, Director of Operations for Food Lion, including the Clayton area.
As a proud neighborhood partner in Clayton for over 25 years, the grand opening celebration appropriately included many different, important members of the community.
As the crowd waited for the ribbon to be cut, the McGee's Crossroads Middle School Band serenaded the assembled group under the direction of the Food Lion mascot!
Johnston County Commissioner Cookie Pope welcomed the store to the area as she proudly displayed her well-used Food Lion MVP card.
And store manager Branden Goetsch presented each of the two feeding agencies assigned to the store – the food pantries located at West Johnston High School and Lighthouse Christian Fellowship – with $500 each, the equivalent of 5,500 meals, to help them continue to do more great work to help those in need in the community.
The ceremony culminated a week of giving back to those who do so much for the Clayton area. In the days preceding the ribbon cutting, Food Lion delivered gifts of fresh products and gift cards to show appreciation to the Cleveland Fire Department, Clayton Police Department, Clayton Area EMS, C3 Church, and the teachers and staff at Polenta and Cleveland Elementary Schools.
It was a great day and week in Clayton, and Food Lion is excited to offer this new location and refreshing experience to this area.
The new store is open daily from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. so make sure you come on by and check out your new neighborhood Food Lion!