Food Lion plans to remodel 23 stores throughout the Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, Virginia, areas.
The remodeling plan is expected to cost $40 million. Salisbury, North Carolina-based Food Lion has been operating in the Charlottesville-Harrisonburg communities for 37 years.
“Food Lion is proud to have been a part of the many towns and cities we serve throughout the Charlottesville -Harrisonburg market for 37 years and we are even more excited to bring new offerings, services and a new look to these markets,” President Meg Ham said. “We look forward to making significant investments in our stores, our associates and our communities to offer an enhanced shopping experience. Our mission is to ensure our customers can easily find fresh, quality products to nourish their families at affordable prices every day, delivered with the caring, friendly service they expect from Food Lion every time they shop. We look forward to reintroducing our renovated stores later this summer.”
Food Lion also expects to hire nearly 400 new associates at the remodeled stores. The stores will offer an expanded variety and assortment of products that are relevant to customers in each community, such as more local, natural, organic and gluten-free items.
Two stores will have walk-in produce coolers designed to keep produce fresher longer; these stores are in Ruckersville and Charlottesville.
Each of the 23 stores will remain open during their normal business hours during the remodeling. Food Lion will have remodeled 80 percent of its network of more than 1,000 stores across its 10-state operating area once these renovations are complete. In March it announced plans to remodel nearly 100 stores in South Carolina.
Food Lion, founded in 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. It is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group.