What's In Store

Food Lion wraps up remodeling on half its Charlotte-area stores

New exterior Food Lion signage
New exterior Food Lion signage Courtesy of Food Lion

Food Lion says it has finished work on about half of its Charlotte-area grocery stores, as part of a major renovation effort at the chain.

Approximately 70 stores of the area’s 142 are done, spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said. The remodeling efforts are going “extremely well” in Charlotte, Phillips-Brown said, and the company is working to complete construction on the remaining stores by October.

Some are still awaiting the new exterior signage. The Dilworth store on Park Road, for example, is scheduled to have its new sign installed Thursday.

The renovations are a multiyear initiative, and Food Lion hasn’t yet said which market is next in line. The project includes redesigning stores into easier-to-navigate formats, adding new decor, slashing prices on staples like chicken and produce, adding new registers and updating product assortments.

Food Lion announced earlier this year that it would spend $215 million to update stores in the Charlotte metro area, its fourth market to be remodeled. The grocer revamped 76 stores in the Wilmington and Greenville, N.C., markets in 2014, and completed another 162 stores in the Raleigh market in 2015.

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, debuted a prototype of the new store format in Concord in December 2013.

Food Lion’s parent, Brussels-based Delhaize, was bought last month by Dutch retailer Ahold for $10.4 billion. As part of the merger, the two companies said they were selling 61 Food Lion stores, none of which are in North Carolina.