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New Food Lion opens Wednesday in former Bi-Lo store near Charleston

Food Lion stockers in Goose Creek

Workers stock shelves in the new Food Lion grocery store opening Wednesday in Goose Creek. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Where one supermarket emptied its shelves in August, another has restocked them and will welcome customers this week.

North Carolina-based Food Lion will open Wednesday in the former Bi-Lo grocery store at 142 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek.

Food Lion sign Goose Creek store

Food Lion opens Wednesday on St. James Avenue in Goose Creek, where Bi-Lo supermarket operated until it closed in August. Warren L. Wise/Staff

The 47,500-square-foot supermarket, a third for the chain in the Berkeley County city of about 43,000 people, will open at 8 a.m. following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:45 a.m.

The first 100 customers in line will receive a mystery Food Lion gift card valued at $10. One lucky winner will receive a $200 Food Lion gift card. The first 100 customers also will receive a Food Lion reusable grocery bag.

Food Lion Kim Brock Nabisco Goose Creek

Kim Brock with Nabisco stocks shelves in the new Food Lion opening Wednesday in a former Bi-Lo store in Goose Creek. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Customers will be able to choose from an expanded variety of products, including fresh-cut fruit and vegetables and hand-battered buttermilk fried chicken, all made in-store, among other new items. In addition, the store will feature “Grab-n-go” meals and a larger health and beauty section.

Food Lion has been part of the Goose Creek community for 35 years. The new store will employ about 150 people.

"We are proud to have been a member of this community since 1984," said Tyrell McPherson, store manager.

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On Oct. 28, the store will offer the company’s new Food Lion To-Go curbside pickup service. Customers can visit www., enter one of the participating ZIP codes, and select the Goose Creek store or the closest participating store. 

Food Lion offers two other stores in Goose Creek on College Park Road and Red Bank Road. The College Park Road supermarket also will offer the new To-Go service along with stores at Ashley Crossing Shopping Center in West Ashley and on Maybank Highway on Johns Island.

The Salisbury, N.C.-based company, part of Belgian-Dutch firm Ahold Delhaize, also will donate 10,000 meals, both fresh and nonperishable, to Helping Hands food pantry to help feed hungry families in the region. Food Lion employees will stock the charity's pantry and help to distribute items to their clients Tuesday morning.

Food Lion storefront no sign

Food Lion supermarket opens Wednesday in a former Bi-Lo grocery store location on St. James Avenue in Goose Creek, but the grocer is awaiting approval from the city before it can put its sign on the building. The store manager said a banner with the store's name will be put up if approval is not granted by opening day. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Food Lion operates about 15 stores in the Charleston region.

The newest store coming to Goose Creek is just east of a long-standing Publix supermarket and a Walmart Neighborhood Market store that opened in 2015.

The new Goose Creek store will be open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.

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