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Old 12-18-2014, 03:34 AM
 
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Food Lion's slogan decades ago used to be LFPINC: Lowest Food Prices In North Carolina. As a chain it originated in Salisbury, NC and reflected that small town bargain shopper flavor. .
The name of the store was Food Town back then, and I remember the Ketner on TV and LFPINC. In those days, they had a lot of mind share in Charlotte grocery business. The stores were a lot different too. They were a different design than the depressing, Soviets would love it, design they adopted in the 80s. I don't think there are any of those old stores left now. All in all, Food Lion today has little resemblance to Food Town and there in lies their big problem.

Their stores and management are like you expect for a very low end grocery, but their prices suggest something on the order of HT or Publix. They have made some half hearted attempts to address it, but IMO, the Northern Europeans are going to bleed them dry and then move on.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman area
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Nothing specific - just more of a selection. Very limited cuts of meats. Maybe normal for here but on LI we had a wide assortment of brands and cuts for all meats - pork, chicken, beef.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Concord NC
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Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market and Food Lion did not have Escarole, but Harris Teeter did. I felt like Steve Martin's character in "My Blue Heaven" looking for Arugala.
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:13 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Nothing specific - just more of a selection. Very limited cuts of meats. Maybe normal for here but on LI we had a wide assortment of brands and cuts for all meats - pork, chicken, beef.
Not particularly convenient to you but Ingles Markets opened a new store in Lincoln County recently. Try making a trip on a Saturday or Sunday. It wouldn't be your primary store because of location, but it might be worth an occasional trip for you. They have good meat. They will cut to order. They also carry a good selection as the stores are very large supercenters. They've started carrying some Hanover frozen vegetables. Not the whole line, but some.
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman area
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Went to Publix for the first time today - Publix Rules!!! Was worth the 10 minute drive.

Can't wait until my Publix opens in early 2015.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Went to Publix for the first time today - Publix Rules!!! Was worth the 10 minute drive.

Can't wait until my Publix opens in early 2015.
Publix is making a serious dent in Harris Teeter's profits. Wish there were one closer to me!
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman area
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When it opens by me (they are building a super store from the ground up) it will be almost directly across the road from Harris Teeter.
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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Sometimes fresh baked goods at Fresh Market are not fresh, I live near one and have found moldy items out for sale.

Publix has not won me over, I like coffee, good coffee, and their selection is not up to par.

Earthfare is good, albeit a bit pricey, but they have good sales.

I like Harris Teeter, the customer service is great, the stores are clean, prices can be high, but they have good sales.
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Moving to Lake Norman (Cornelius) shortly and wondering the differences between the 3 main grocers.

Publix and Trader Joe's coming soon - but the above are what I have right now.

Thanks
Food Lion: A very low end grocery store. No self-checkout lines and meager organic offerings. Most of them have closed where I live, mainly because they could not compete with Kroger, Wal-Mart, or Publix. It is the equivalent of a Piggly Wiggly.

Publix: Upscale grocery store with great produce and meat selections. A bit pricey, but not as much as Earth Fare or Harris Teeter. Best customer service, and nice deli.

Harris Teeter: What Food Lion should be. A tad more upscale than Publix, so I hope Kroger doesn't mess them up. Would like to see them move up into Whole Foods territory with more organic and natural food offerings.

Fresh Market: A smaller more upscale market than the others, best hot food and salad bar of the bunch. Not really what I would call a grocery store, more of a market, hence the name.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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I am not sure if Food Lion will try to be Harris Teeter. They tried with the Bloom format and failed. But some of their new format Food Lions have recently been renovated and are nicer, from what I have heard. But both Publix and Harris Teeter are very nice stores and I am happy to hear Harris Teeter is returning to Greenville SC. I hope they will eventually add several new stores in the Upstate, but so far only one has been officially announced.
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