Food Lion LLC is a Belgian-American grocery store company headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina, that operates more than 1,100 supermarkets in 11 Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic states as well as Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia under the Food Lion banner. Food Lion was founded in 1957 in Salisbury, North Carolina as Food Town by Wilson Smith, Ralph Ketner, and Brown Ketner. Beginning in 2003, Food Lion became active in "market renewals" in which every year Food Lion picks certain cities in their operating area where they remodel stores and update the product offerings. Food Lion is the namesake concept for Food Lion LLC and is centered around building a "neighborly and convenient" supermarket for its customers featuring "extra low prices" on name brand and private label merchandise.
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