Renovations of Food Lion stores across the region underway

By on May 19, 2018

Work at the Grandy store is ongoing. (Sam Walker)

As more major players in the grocery store game eye the area for new locations, Food Lion, the region’s largest grocery chain, has begun a major renovation project of 15 northeastern North Carolina stores.

The project is part of an overall remodel of 105 locations in the greater Norfolk market, totaling $168 million, that will include hiring approximately 5,000 new employees, according to a company news release.

“Food Lion has been nourishing our neighbors in the greater Norfolk market for nearly 40 years, and we are excited to bring our newest shopping experience to this community,” said Food Lion President Meg Ham.


“With every change, we have kept our customers at the forefront because we want to ensure they can easily find fresh, quality products to nourish their families at affordable prices every day, delivered with caring, friendly service every time they shop,” Ham said. “We’re proud of our history in Hampton Roads and many of the surrounding communities, and we look forward to reintroducing our customers to their renovated stores later this summer.”

The renovations will take place at stores in Avon, Corolla, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Grandy, Hertford, Kill Devil Hills, Moyock, Murfreesboro, Nags Head and Southern Shores. Some stores have already been renovated, or are winding down the process.

At the North Road Street location in Elizabeth City, and the Edenton and Murfreesboro stores, a walk-in garden cooler will be installed which is designed to keep produce fresher longer.

The company said the stores will be designed to be easier to navigate, offer an expanded variety and assortment of products that are relevant to customers in each store, such as more local, natural, organic and gluten-free items. The stores will also feature new registers and enhanced customer service.

The move comes at the same time the Salisbury-based company purchased several Farm Fresh stores, including the Elizabeth City location, which has already been rebranded as a Food Lion.


Earlier this year, Publix made its first foray into northeastern North Carolina with a store in Kill Devil Hills, and Lidl has announced proposals to build in Nags Head and Elizabeth City. Aldi is preparing to construct a store in Elizabeth City.


  • David

    Grandy store is much more appealing. Nice job.

    Saturday, May 19 @ 1:27 pm
  • Susan

    There is no customer service usually rude and unhappy employees and managers. No registers open with so many available. Who are you kidding with ms. Hams comments…hah

    Monday, May 21 @ 6:46 pm
  • local yokel

    LOL! What a joke.
    Food Lion treats employees like trash. They have to hire about 5000 employees a year for some stores around here because they go through so many of them. Plus, the pay is a joke. You have to have seven day availability and then you will get two random shifts days apart.
    As for the remodel that sucks as well. New checkout setup takes away the ability for the customer to bag their own groceries if so inclined and actually makes it harder for the cashier to scan and bag.

    Tuesday, May 22 @ 1:37 pm
  • Linda

    I know of someone who met some Food Lion reps last week that told them they were closing two of their stores here on the OBX. Not sure which two though.

    Wednesday, May 23 @ 7:02 am
  • Gibgua

    I hope we get a video tour of the remodeled Food Lions when they have their grand reopenings, just like we got the video tour of the new Publix!

    Wednesday, May 30 @ 9:16 pm
  • Anna

    The southern shores food lion parking lot is grossly ungraded. How does the owner of that shopping center get away with that?

    Monday, Jun 4 @ 3:35 pm
  • Anna

    Why did food lion move customer service station away from front door?

    Monday, Jun 4 @ 3:37 pm
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