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      Food Lion investment brings stores and jobs

      Food Lion locations in North Carolina and South Carolina are getting major enhancements.
      COLUMBIA (WACH)- Food Lion has invested in 169 stores in North Carolina and South Carolina and created 500 new jobs. Columbia has been tapped as one of the company's key markets.

      To celebrate the launch, Food Lion is holding grand re-opening festivities at the 169 stores, including providing the first 50 customers at each location with a bag of free groceries Wednesday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Nov. 16.

      "With today's launch, nearly all Food Lion stores have received these store investments," said Greg Finchum, senior vice president of retail operations for Food Lion. "We invite customers to visit their local Food Lion, where they will experience firsthand new lower prices and other store enhancements, such as the greatest value in store brands and fresher produce. We hope that you will visit your local Food Lion and experience our changes."

      The investments are based on customer feedback and will continue to position the company for future success. A list of the 169 stores is available at

      The company launched 167 stores in the Raleigh and Fayetteville, N.C., markets in May 2011, 268 stores in March 2012 in Virginia, West Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, 269 stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, including its hometown markets ofSalisbury, N.C, and Charlotte, N.C., in July 2012, and most recently, 178 stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia in May 2013.