Today, Food Lion celebrated the grand re-openings of 93 stores across the greater Greensboro, N.C. market! A $178 million investment complete with physical store remodels, customer-centric training and hiring as well as community support and donations, it was truly a proud day for Food Lion as its fifth market in North Carolina cut ribbons at each of its stores.
Alongside store teams, Food Lion leaders and customers anxious to check out the changes at their local stores, local dignitaries and media were invited to several stores across the market in Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Asheboro, Burlington, Mount Airy and Lexington, N.C., to join in the festivities. The media relations team was on hand to capture the events.
Food Lion Store 1513 in Asheboro, N.C. Celebrates Re-Opening With Full City Support
It was nothing short of a town celebration as Food Lion Store 1513 in Asheboro, N.C., cut its ribbon to celebrate its recent remodel on the morning of Aug. 2.
To kick off the event, Store Manager David Varner was joined by his "incredible" store team gathered outside the store alongside Food Lion leaders including Jason Wilson, vice president of strategy and business development, Steve Petty, director of strategy implementation and facilities management and Joey Williams, director of operations for the greater Asheboro, N.C., region.
A native to the region, Varner is something of a local celebrity. This was evident in the minutes leading up to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as it seemed the entirety of the city had come to celebrate its fresh new Food Lion.
Many local dignitaries and elected officials were in attendance, including Mayor David Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Walker Moffit, Commissioners David Allen and Maxton McDowell as well as Sherriff Robert Graves. Even local police office officers and the fire department came in their truck to show their support.
During the ceremony, Varner spoke to the crowd about the changes they could expect to see in the store, and humbly thanked his store team for their tireless efforts during the 10-month remodel process. Mayor Smith also shared his comments about the changes.
"Thank you for your faith and interest in our community," said Mayor David Smith. "You keep the store up to date, you've staffed it well and we appreciate that. It's easy to become complacent in the food business because there are stores everywhere. We all want a pleasant and clean shopping experience and you certainly have that in all three of your stores her in Asheboro so we thank you for that."
Sherriff Graves was also pleased with the changes.
"David and his store are great community partners and I'm proud to partner with Food Lion in the great work you do."
During the event, Varner also announced a $500 donation to Christians United Outreach Center, the equivalent of 3,500 meals to support the work they do in the community. The outreach center partners with Store 1513 in their food rescue program.
Greta Lint, freelance writer for the Asheboro Courier-Tribune thanked Food Lion for its community support while covering the event.
"I am a Food Lion shopper myself," said Lint. "I want to say I truly appreciate Food Lion's commitment to the community in Asheboro, specifically to the Salvation Army."
When the ceremony was over and the ribbon was cut, the first 100 customers were pleased to receive thermal tote bags and $10 gift cards to shop with.
Burlington N.C., Food Lion Celebrates Its Grand Re-Opening by Surprising Their Most Loyal Customers
Customers Ronnie and Beverly Turney come into Food Lion Store 894 in Burlington, N.C., almost every day.
"I was here before Food Lion was," said Food Lion customer Ronnie Turney. "I watched Food Lion come in and grow and I watched other grocery stores come in and leave. It doesn't get any better than Food Lion, but you might be wrong there because if there's a way for Food Lion to improve, they will."
When asked why they always shop at Food Lion, Beverly Turney said, "The people here are the friendliest that work for Food Lion and I've been in several. They will go out of their way to find you an answer."
On Wednesday, they were surprised to find out they would be honored with cutting the ribbon at the grand re-opening of their local Food Lion store. When thinking about the re-opening ceremony for his store, Store Manager Greg Jacobsen wanted to honor his most loyal customers. When he asked around his store, everyone unanimously agreed Ronnie and Beverly were the customers to honor.
"They love Food Lion so much, they have a small Food Lion grocery cart they made as the centerpiece of their kitchen table," said Jacobsen.
Jacobsen kicked off the celebration by reflecting on what was most important to him about the new store experience.
"Three things came to mind," Jacobsen said. "Easy, Fresh and affordable and those are the things we're delivering to you today and every day."
Jacobsen also acknowledged his amazing staff for all of their hard work over the past several months in getting the store ready for this big day.
Ian Baltutis, Mayor of Burlington was on hand for the event. He spoke to the influx of 255,000 new residents every year and their desire for great shopping experiences.
"Now we have a wonderful refurbished grocery store with excellent staff," said Baltutis. "We appreciate y'all and your dedication to this community. Thank you for making this investment. We're excited to see you grow."
We know our communities count on us too, and we’re committed to eliminating hunger in the communities we serve through Food Lion Feeds. Therefore, Store 894 also made a donation of $1,500, the equivalent of 10,500 meals, to Allied Churches of Alamance County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. and Piedmont Rescue Mission, the local feeding agencies who partner with this store year around.
After recognizing its incredible community partners and associates, a Food Lion grand re-opening would not be complete without a special surprise for customers. When the store opened its doors, the first 100 customers received a $10 gift card and a thermal Food Lion reusable bag to help make shopping easier.
Local Lexington Customer Helps to Kick-off Food Lion Re-launch
Today was a big day for Lexington, N.C., resident Ethel Johnson.
So important that she scheduled a special hair appointment earlier this week to make sure she was ready for Food Lion's grand re-opening located on 140 Forest Hill Road.
"I've been shopping at Food Lion all my life," Johnson said during an early morning interview at the store. "They have the food I like, I know where everything is at and I'm buddies with all the associates.
Wednesday's event was attended by more than 50 people including customers, associates and local and state dignitaries.
"When you walk into Food Lion, it always has that hometown feel and everyone is so friendly," City Councilman Donald R. Holt Sr., said outside during the event.
Store Manager Amy Wood told the customers and the crowd that Wednesday's event signaled a great accomplishment for her team.
"You know that I love all of you and so appreciate the hard work you have put into getting this store ready for today's market launch," Wood said.
She also presented separate $500 checks to Grace Episcopal Church and North Lexington Baptist Church. Both entities will use the money to help feed hungry families in the Lexington Community.
Throughout the brief presentations, Food Lion associates, dressed in the blue and black uniforms used noise makers, fans and yells to show their support of the event.
"Today was a really fun experience for me as well as our customers," said Food Lion associate Sheon Sullivan. This event lets them know how much we appreciate them and their support, and my favorite thing about working at Food Lion is my customers and helping them."
After the celebration, customers were welcomed with $10 gift cards and a free insulated Food Lion shopping bag.
"It's a great day for Food Lion and the city of Lexington," said Jim Myers, City of Lexington Councilman.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks High Point Food Lion Grand Re-Opening
The celebration at Store 2519 located at 3935 Jordan Bryan Place in High Point, N.C., had a line forming early this morning with customers waiting in line to see their newly remodeled Food Lion and receive their free $10 gift card.
Store Manager Atiya Williams celebrated customers and associates, as well as its two local feeding agencies, Open Door Ministries and New Beginnings Full Gospel Church. Both agencies serve hundreds each month, with food pantries that serve the local community with food distributions Tuesday through Saturday. Williams also delivered a heartfelt message to associates, sharing "I'd be remiss not to thank my Food Lion associates. A dream does not become a reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work to make it happen. So, thank you for a job well done!"
The crowd roared as the ribbon was cut by the Store Manager, alongside Food Lion President Meg Ham, Senior Director Scott Libbey and director of operations for the region Billy Zyliack, with many associates and local feeding agencies. In addition to the giveaways, customers were also served coffee, donuts and a beautifully designed cake by the store's bakery team.
Customers raved about the new store design, often mentioning the easy-to-navigate store layout, the new product expansion and how bright and clean the new stores are. One customer noted "I only shop at Food Lion because the associates in this store are so pleasant." The customer recently moved to the High Point area from New Jersey and this was the first store they shopped and have never left because it's "clean, beautiful and nice and everyone is so helpful."
Town of Mount Airy Celebrates the Newly Remodeled Food Lion with Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Customers, local dignitaries and Food Lion associates gathered at the Food Lion Store at 692 S. Andy Griffith Parkway the morning of Aug. 2 to celebrate the grand opening of the newly remodeled store.
Store Manager Jerry Shumate led the ribbon cutting ceremony, informing the crowd that a new shopping experience was being launched today at 93 stores across the greater Greensboro market. He thanked customers for their patience while the construction took place.
Shumate said, "The new additions make it easier to shop and customers suggestions were incorporated into an easy, fresh and affordable experience that customer can count on every day."
Mount Airy Mayor David Rowe had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon in front of the store as customers lined the street to be one of the first 100 customers to receive a $10 gift card and Food Lion tote bag.
"We appreciate Food Lion for offering good food at good prices," said Mayor Rowe. "It is just what we need in Mount Airy. We appreciate the new store and all Food Lion has done for our city."
Other local dignitaries in attendance were Steve Yokely, Shirley Brinkley Jon Cawley and Jim Armbrister.
Food Lion's commitment to the community was demonstrated when Shumate presented a check for $500, the equivalent of 3,500 meals, each to Yokefellow Ministries of Mount Airy and Miracle Waters Worship Center.
"We would not have our ministry without Food Lion's help," said Mike Gatchel of Yokefellow Ministers. "It is vital. We pick up donations five days a week from two stores."
One of the highlights of the new store is the addition of the walk-in produce cooler. Produce Manager Stephen Veghie noted, "Customers have told me they like the freshness of the produce and that it lasts longer once they get it home. The addition of organic produce allows our customers to buy locally and not have to travel to find organic."
Food Lion "Family" Shares Tears of Joy, Welcomes Winston-Salem Customers to Their Fresh New Food Lion
For months, Store Manager Lisa Koontz and her team dreamed of their store's grand re-opening day. From a new produce cooler to expanded gluten-free and organic assortments, Store 348 listened to the needs of their customers and could not wait to show them the exciting new changes waiting for them inside.
On Aug. 2, that day finally came.
With more than 100 customers waiting for the doors to open, Koontz and nearly 30 associates shared quick team huddle with plenty of laughs and high-fives to spare.
"We know our store is about more than just the stuff," said Koontz. "It's about the people. Now, let's go welcome them in!"
After a few remarks, Koontz invited representatives from Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry and Whole Man Ministries to join her at the front of the store.
For years, Store 348 has served as a hunger-relief partner providing fresh and non-perishable food to the pantries each week. While this Food Lion team works to serve customers inside its stores, they also know how important it is for everyone to receive the benefits fresh food provides.
To thank the community partners for all they do to end hunger, Koontz and Assistant Manager Brandon Hepler presented a donation of more than 7,000 meals. They made an additional donation of 3,500 meals to A Gift of Giving food pantry who also receives weekly donations from the store.
With tears of joy and smiling faces, the store team gathered at the entrance for the big moment – cutting the ribbon.
"It's official," Koontz said. "Please join us inside and see your fresh new Food Lion!"
The first 100 customers received $10 gift cards, as well as a Food Lion reusable bag as they walked into the store.
"You can really tell when someone is passionate about what they do," one customer said. "And that is why we love shopping here."
Greensboro Food Lion Store 1434 Celebrates Grand Re-opening
"I am a Food Lion shopper and I really like the new look of the store," customer Sandra Floyd said during the grand reopening this morning at store 1434 in Greensboro, N.C.
Sandra, a long time Food Lion shopper, joined fellow customers, store associates, community partners and company leaders for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Store associates cheered as store manager Brent Peters addressed the crowd gathered outside the store. Brent was proud to present checks to Food Lion feeding agency partners Out of the Garden Project and One Step Further for the equivalent of 3,500 meals to help continue their tremendous work to end hunger in the community.
"We give over a half million pounds of produce a year, and we pick up from Food Lion twice a week, so we are incredibly thankful for them and their new store," Don Milholin, Executive Director of Out of the Garden Project.
Kathy McClellan, a representative for U.S. Representative Ted Budd, greeted the crowd and recalled her pleasant experience as a Food Lion customer, stating "I can always count on Food Lion for my grocery needs, and it's great to be here and celebrate the new store."
The morning festivities ended with the first 100 customers receiving a free tote bag and $10 Food Lion gift card.