Salisbury, N.C. — With a capital investment exceeding $50 million, Food Lion is unveiling remodeled stores in Wilmington, N.C., that feature a new, easier shopping experience for customers. On May 10, Food Lion will hold ribbon-cutting events in the Wilmington area at 24 stores, with five more to follow soon.
The investment includes remodeling stores, providing e-commerce at every store through pickup and/or home delivery options, training and developing associates to provide the best customer experience and giving back to local communities. While renovating and refreshing its look, the redesign reflects Food Lion’s continued commitment to the towns and cities it serves.
“Food Lion has been a proud neighbor in the Wilmington community for 40 years,” says Meg Ham, president, Food Lion. “From a brand-new look and feel to more convenient grab-and-go items to make any meal easier, each store has made big changes with our customers in mind. We remain committed to keeping our prices low every day, offering great promotions and other opportunities to save. We are excited for our neighbors to experience the enhancements we have made just for them.”
Inspired by feedback from customers and associates, all stores now feature self-checkout lanes and are refreshed with new décor.
Food Lion’s enhancements also include offering convenience for shoppers with Food Lion To Go grocery pickup or home delivery service. Online orders may be placed on the Food Lion To Go website or the Food Lion To Go app.
Demonstrating care to its neighbors and communities with a commitment to sustainability, Food Lion’s enhanced stores feature energy-efficient overhead LED lighting and refrigerated cases with doors. The modern solutions impart ambiance, enhance fresh product assortment and reduce energy costs, helping reduce Food Lion’s environmental footprint.
Through its Local Goodness program, Food Lion stores offer a wide variety of regional products sourced from local growers or manufacturers, serving customers in a more meaningful way with products that are the heart and soul of the community. A list of additional North Carolina-based suppliers that may be featured in the store can be found here.
Working in partnership to help address food insecurity, Food Lion has also contributed $500,000 through its hunger-relief platform, Food Lion Feeds, to support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington. The investment supports the 3,000-square-foot commercial kitchen, the first commercial kitchen operated by the nonprofit organization.
Additionally, each Food Lion store regularly donates unsold, edible food that might otherwise go to waste to local feeding agencies. Food Lion was the first grocery retailer in the country to establish a food rescue program with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, more than 20 years ago. In 2022, the nearly 30 Wilmington-area stores provided approximately 1.9 million pounds through food rescue to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com/feeds.
Food Lion is an omnichannel retailer with 1,100+ stores throughout 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Food Lion is the only company in the country to be named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 22 consecutive years. Founded and based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.
SOURCE: Food Lion