US-based grocery chain Food Lion has announced it plans to make a $158m capital investment to remodel 92 stores in South Carolina (S.C.) this year.
The company will use the investment to remodel stores, reduce prices and expand product portfolio across the 92 stores. The stores are located in the greater Myrtle Beach, Florence, Columbia and Charleston markets.
Food Lion will also hire around 2,000 new associates, across these stores, in an effort to enhance customer experience.
Food Lion president Meg Ham said: “Food Lion is proud to have been a part of the many towns and cities we serve throughout South Carolina for 43 years and we are even more excited to bring exciting new offerings, services and a new look to these markets.
“We look forward to making significant investments in our stores, our associates and our communities to offer a new grocery 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 caring, friendly service every time they shop. We look forward to reintroducing our renovated stores later this summer.”
Six stores in Andrews, Columbia, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, and Ravenel, S.C., will feature walk-in produce coolers to keep products fresher for longer.
Food Loin will also expand its product portfolio by introducing an assortment of new products, including more local items such as beer and wine, and natural, organic and gluten-free customer-specific items.
The retailer will also enhance its store’s deli bakery department, by adding in-store made hand-battered fried chicken.
It also noted that the 92 stores will remain open during the remodelling process.