Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hickory Lowes reopens with expanded assortment

A Lowes Foods grocery store in Hickory is reopening Wednesday, Jan. 18, as a Lowes FreshSmart store, with a greater emphasis on upscale groceries.

The 45,543-square-foot renovated store will feature more beers, wines, cheeses and other types of gourmet selections, Lowes Foods says. There will also be more types of organic produce, and pre-cut, packaged vegetables at the store on 29th Street, NE. The deli will now feature a salad bar, and the seafood department has been expanded as well.

There will be grand opening events Wednesday morning, including a prize wheel and product samples.

Lowes Foods is owned by Alex Lee, Inc. The privately-held company is based in Hickory, and operates 108 Lowes Foods supermarkets in the Carolinas and Virginia. The company also operates Merchants Distributors, Inc., a wholesale grocery distributor, and Institution Food House, Inc., a food service distributor.

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