The week of Oct. 14 was packed full of events and announcements as Food Lion celebrated the largest investment in its history. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Food Lion President Meg Ham announced the completion of 162 store remodels in the greater Raleigh area, as well as a significant community donation at a press conference attended by Governor Pat McCrory.
This $250 million investment includes not only the physical store remodels, but the hiring and training of hundreds of associates, lowering prices on thousands of items in stores and a substantial investment in the Raleigh community in the form of a mobile food pantry donation and funding for local feeding agencies.
The mobile pantry was donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Tuesday's press conference, and will enable the food bank to take food to those who need it most and may not be able to access a food pantry or food distribution for aid. The mobile pantry served its first 250 clients at a distribution event following the press conference.
On the morning of Oct. 14, the 162 stores were officially reopened to customers. At each store, the first 100 customers were given a free bag of groceries, and many customers came to stand in line as early as at midnight! Donations were also made to each store's local food pantry, the equivalent of 100,000 meals total, in addition to the 1 million meal donation associated with the mobile pantry.
All 162 stores across the greater Raleigh area hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies, attended by local dignitaries and community partners. With hundreds of customers on hand to help celebrate each, Oct. 14 was certainly a day for the books for Food Lion.
Food Lion is embarking on market-wide store renovations across our 10-state footprint, and with the completions of the Wilmington, N.C., Greenville, N.C., and now Raleigh, N.C., markets, you could see big changes coming YOUR way next!
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