Food Lion opens store in Charlotte’s Mallard Creek neighborhood



Food Lion opened a new store at 2201 West WT Harris Blvd on Wednesday. in the community of Charlotte’s Mallard Creek.

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Less than a year after opening another store in Charlotte, Food Lion is expanding again with the opening of its Mallard Creek neighborhood store in North Charlotte.

On Wednesday, the nearly 48,000 square foot supermarket opened at 2201 West WT Harris Blvd., in a former Harris Teeter location. Harris Teeter closed the store two years ago, saying it was a strategic decision.

Last spring, Food Lion opened another store at 1620 Ashley Road in northwest Charlotte in the former location of Harveys supermarket.

It’s the latest move in the ongoing grocery wars between supermarket chains battling to improve their share of the lucrative Charlotte-area market.

Food Lion, the 65-year-old Salisbury-based grocery store, faces competition from newcomers like Lidl, renewed expansion from Lowes Foods and Earth Fare, as well as Publix. Harris Teeter’s parent company, Kroger’s, also said it plans to bring the $138 million grocery distribution center to Concord with more than 690 jobs.

With 104 stores in the Charlotte area, Food Lion is the region’s third-largest grocery chain by market share behind Walmart and Harris Teeter, according to the latest report from sales tracking firm Chain Store Guide.

What to expect at the new Food Lion

The new Food Lion offers a self-service hot bar, take-out meals, as well as organic, gluten-free and plant-based items, according to the grocer.

The supermarket includes self checkouts and the Food Lion To Go grocery pickup service.

Food Lion also offers local produce, including craft beer, chili cheese from Trade & Tryon in Charlotte, and produce from Patterson Farms in China Grove.

The store is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Mallard Creek store manager is Branden Goetsch, who previously ran the North Tryon Street store.

With the store opening, Food Lion has donated 10,000 meals each to Hope Street Food Pantry, Faith CME Church Food Ministry and Metrolina’s Second Harvest Food Bank through Food Lion Feeds, the initiative to combat retailer hunger.

Food Lion, owned by Ahold Delhaize, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 82,000 people.

In the fall of 2020, Food Lion acquired 62 Bi-Lo and Harveys supermarkets in the Carolinas and Georgia, including stores in York and Chester in South Carolina and Gastonia and Lincolnton in North Carolina.

Other grocery store openings around Charlotte

Several other grocers also have detailed expansion plans in the Charlotte area.

Food Lion’s new store is about 4 miles from the area’s ninth Lidl store which opened in June at 615 W. Mallard Creek Church Road in University City. Last spring, Lidl also opened a store in Steele Creek. The German discount grocer plans to open two more stores in South Boulevard and Carmel Commons.

Other recent supermarket openings and expansions include:

In June, Asheville-based specialty grocer Earth Fare opened its fifth regional store, in Davidson.

In April, Silicon Valley online grocer Farmstead extended its free delivery service to homes within an hour’s drive of its Westwood Forest warehouse after opening its first East Coast hub in Charlotte in 2020.

Florida-based Publix plans to open at least five more stores in the Charlotte area, at the Arboretum, North Creek Village in Huntersville, 10 Tryon building in downtown, at the corner of Sharon and Colony roads in South Park and 11525 Carmel Commons.

Lowes Foods will be the mainstay of the Christenbury Village shopping center being developed in Concord. It is expected to open early next year. And, the Winston-Salem-based grocer also plans to open at the former Earth Fare at 14021 Boren St. in Huntersville with an entertainment area.

This story was originally published January 19, 2022 11:57 a.m.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is a retail journalist for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she has worked for several newspapers and McClatchy for over a decade.


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