August 2, 2011


Delhaize America to expand Food Lion's distribution centre



Delhaize America is  planning to expand Food Lion's distribution centre in Dunn, North Carolina, adding approximately 54,000 sq. ft. to increase storage space for refrigerated and frozen foods.


The expanded refrigerated and frozen section at the facility will provide additional storage for more than 4,000 dairy, meat and frozen food products.


"The expansion of this facility will further support storage capacity for Food Lion grocery stores," said Gerry Greenleaf, vice president of distribution and transportation for Delhaize America. "After the devastating tornado that struck North Carolina this spring, we evaluated opportunities to further enhance this facility as part of our rebuilding efforts. As our business grows and storage capacity needs increase, this was the right opportunity to expand this distribution centre."


The distribution centre in Dunn, NC, first opened in 1987 and services 264 Food Lion stores primarily located in North Carolina. The facility has more than 700 associates and after the expansion will be approximately 1.3 million sq. ft. On average, the distribution facility ships more than 1.4 million cases of products each week, and houses 12,800 items.


After being struck by a tornado this spring, the company has resumed full grocery operations and said it is working very diligently on the reconstruction of the refrigerated and frozen foods to resume normal operations. The company expects to open the facility's expanded space in early 2012.


Delhaize America is a leading supermarket operator with more than 1,600 stores in 16 states in the eastern US. Delhaize America operates under the banners Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Food Lion, Harveys, Hannaford Supermarkets, Reid's and Sweetbay. Food Lion supermarkets, operate more than 1,100 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Harveys or Reid's.

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