Special to the the Clayton News Daily
SALISBURY, N.C. - Food Lion will unveil its new store in Jonesboro, Ga., today, located at 8777 Tara Blvd., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. The first 1,000 customers to enter the store will receive a free, 12-pack of Food Lion cola.
Local dignitaries, including members of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, as well as representatives from Mundy's Mill High School are scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting event.
The store will open to the public following the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m., and will begin typical operating hours of 7 a.m., to 11 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 15. Customers visiting the store on Wednesday will be able to register for a shopping spree, in which the winner will have 104 seconds to complete a trip around the store.
"We are appreciative of the support that this community has shown us as we continue our growth in the North Georgia market," said Rob Goins, district manager for the region. "We look forward to serving our customers, as well as the Jonesboro community."
Joe Seigler, a native of Stockbridge, Ga., will be the manager of the 41,500 square-foot facility. He joined Food Lion in December of 2008 as a store manager, and has 35 years of grocery-retail experience.
"We are dedicated to providing an outstanding shopping experience to our customers," said Seigler. "Food Lion is committed to offering quality products at great prices and serving as a pillar in the community."
The store will have approximately 70 associates, with 60 positions created for the new store, and will feature a large, fresh-produce department and a deli/bakery with in-store decorated cakes, specialty meats, cheeses and breads, as well as a large meat department featuring Butcher's Brand Premium Beef ®, fresh pork, poultry and seafood.
The new store also offers pharmacy services, Western Union services, Rug Doctor rentals, Blue Rhino propane exchange, ATM, Coinstar and lottery.
Food Lion strives to be a caring neighbor and good corporate citizen in the communities it serves and directs its corporate giving efforts toward feeding the hungry, children's health and education, including campaigns for Hunger Has a Cure, Children's Miracle Network, Easter Seals and United Way.
Additionally, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for nonprofit programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves.
Customers can find their store's specials on fresh produce, Butcher's Brand Premium Beef®, other fresh meats, natural products, wines, and more items throughout the store by visiting www.FoodLion.com, and clicking on weekly specials.
Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG). Food Lion LLC operates more than 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys and Reid's.