Hundreds of customers lined up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Surfside Beach, S.C., to get the first peek at Food Lion’s newest locations, which were formerly BI-LO stores.
The feedback was overwhelming.
“I have been shopping at this location for more than 20 years as a former BI-LO and I can tell you, I have never seen this many people in this store at one time,” said one customer shopping at the 1241 38th Avenue North location.
Another customer, who identified herself as Jane, said it was easy for her to shop the store.
“I am so glad that Food Lion didn’t move things around a lot,” she said. “I thought I was going to have to learn a whole new store layout, but you made it so easy.”
By 7:30 a.m., 150 Myrtle Beach residents and vacationers lined up in front of the store to receive their “mystery” Food Lion gift card and an insulated tote. The residents participated in the brief grand opening ceremonies and shouted, “Food Lion Rocks,” after being led in a nice spirit chant by Director of Operations Currie Dalton.
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said she was happy to see Food Lion purchase the store.
“Food Lion has always been good partner in the Myrtle Beach community,” Bethune told the large crowd. “We are just happy that they are making their partnership stronger today by purchasing and re-opening these stores for this busy part of the Myrtle Beach community.”
The event was also attended by a long list of dignitaries and South Carolina’s reining Watermelon Queen.
Meanwhile, simultaneously in Surfside Beach, dozens upon dozens of customers lined up early in the morning to celebrate the grand opening of their new Food Lion store in Surfside Beach. Store Manager Barbara Craig kicked off the morning by giving customers a sneak peek at what they could expect when they entered – from an expanded variety of products to a faster checkout experience - and thank the community for their support during the remodeling phase.
Local dignitaries, including the Surfside Beach Mayor, were in attendance to celebrate and talk with customers as they entered the store. “We are so glad to have Food Lion here in the Surfside community!” stated Mayor Robert Childs.
That’s not all Food Lion was celebrating today. Before the store opened, Food Lion associates wanted to give back to the local community by restocking the pantry at Helping Hands of South Strand with almost 2,000 pounds in fresh product donations, including fruits, vegetables and meat. “I can’t even begin to tell you how great this is going to be for our clients! We have enough food to feed people for weeks and months to come,” exclaimed Allan Wright with Helping Hands.
“It’s important for us to give back to the community,” said Larry Nieman, Execution and Implementation Specialist with Food Lion. “That’s what we’re about at Food Lion and we want the community to know they can count on us