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Spencer in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Food Lion LLC

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
1. Food Lion LLC Marker
Inscription. Food Lion, founded in 1957 by Ralph Ketner, Brown Ketner, and Wilson Smith was originally named Food Town and located in what is now the Ketner Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. Grocery prices at the time included ten-pound-bags of potatoes for thirty-five cents. Most grocery stores were owned and operated as family businesses.

In 1968, Food Town started the concept of everyday low prices." Instead of weekly specials or coupons, the grocery chain priced items at their very lowest and kept them there every day, making them an industry leader and,creating the slogan, "LFPINC" or "Lowest Food Prices North Carolina."

In 1983, the company changed its name to Food Lion and expanded beyond its traditional base in south to Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland. By the early 1990s, Food Lion stores opened in Delaware, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Also, during the 1990s, the Delhaize Group of Belgium purchased the company.

In 2001 Food Lion opened its 1,000th store and continues to be a strong competitor in the supermarket business in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Other stores controlled by the Delhaize Group include Bloom, Bottom Dollar, Harveys and Reid's.
 
Location. 35° 41.3′ N, 80° 25.977′ W. Marker is in Spencer
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
2. Food Lion LLC Marker
, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker can be reached from South Salisbury Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the NC Transportation Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159, Spencer NC 28159, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 (here, next to this marker); Magnetic Signal Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Signals (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Spencer Shops (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Spencer (about 600 feet away); The Muscle of Spencer Shops (about 600 feet away); Norfolk & Western Caboose 555012 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spencer.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
3. Food Lion LLC Marker
Top:
Two Food Lion founders, Wilson Smith and Ralph Ketner, in front of the first Food Lion store at the Ketner Center in 1971.

Bottom:
Food Lion store number 2603, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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