Many Food Lion stores to be remodeled

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SALISBURY, N.C. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A grocery chain will be renovating several stores in the Charlottesville and Harrisonburg markets this summer.

Food Lion says it will be investing $40 million to remodel 23 stores in 14 towns and cities.

“Food Lion is proud to have been a part of the many towns and cities we serve throughout the Charlottesville/Harrisonburg market for 37 years and we are even more excited to bring new offerings, services and a new look to these markets,” said Food Lion President Meg Ham. “We look forward to making significant investments in our store, our associates and our communities to offer an enhanced shopping experience. Our mission is to ensure our customers can easily find fresh, quality products to nourish their families at affordable prices every day, delivered with the caring, friendly service they expect from Food Lion every time they shop. We look forward to reintroducing our renovated stores later this summer.”

The grocery chain is also expecting to hire nearly 400 new associates at the stores as well as offering an expanded variety of products, including more local, natural, organic and gluten-free items.

The stores that will be remodeled including the Fifth Street in Charlottesville, Riverbend Drive in Charlottesville, Timberwood Boulevard in Charlottesville, Cedar Grove Road in Ruckersville, Turkeysag Trail in Palmyra, Branchlands Boulevard in Charlottesville, Mill Creek Drive in Charlottesville, Madison Plaza Drive in Madison, and Scottsville Center in Scottsville.

Other stores in Harrisonburg, Verona, Stuarts Draft, Staunton, Elkton, Waynesboro, Timberville, Grottoes and Fishersville are also on the list for remodeling.

All of the remodeled stores are expected to include a larger selection of Nature's Promise meat products, a Food Lion brand that does not include artificial additives, preservatives and colors.

And two stores, in Ruckersville and the Mill Creek Drive location in Charlottesville, will add walk-in produce coolers.

Other changes will include in-store made fried chicken, additional local craft beers and wine, expanded gluten-free and international specialty options, and more.

Food Lion says each of the stores will still be open for business during the remodeling process.

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