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Store of the Month

Lowes Foods, Simpsonville, S.C.

a catalyst to drive trips," he says. "We do single facings on most
varieties and work hard to keep them in stock. We're big on firstto-shelf market launches."

Be Prepared
The perimeter at Lowes is all about having fun, but it's also about
solutions. The flow of the store was designed quite deliberately, Lowe
says, to guide folks from produce to cheese to wine to custom-blended
spices to meat (sausages, smoked and otherwise)
to bakery to deli and prepared foods. It's a tour
that shouts quality, flavor and convenience.
Lowes Foods #264
"We have a sous chef who will cut anything,
2815 Woodruff Road
any way you want it," Lowe says, describing
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Pick & Prep, the vegetable-butcher service that
Grand opening: Feb. 3, 2017
Lowes has offered since 2014.
Total square footage: 53,186
In addition to slicing and dicing veggies to
Selling area: 37,730 square feet
order, the department offers grab-and-go cut
SKUs: 32,000
produce, juices, salads, infused waters and spiralEmployees: 221
cut vegetables. Signature items include habanero
Checkouts: Nine regular,
guacamole, strawberry salsa and jicama slaw.
four self-checkout
"Fresh ingredients, no preservatives," Lowe says.
Hours: 6 a.m.-midnight
"We don't even add salt."
Store designer: api(+), design;
Shoppers can even clip their own fresh
D/FAB, fabrication;
herbs - everything they can fit into a snackWilliams Spencer, architect
size zip-top bag for 99 cents. Tomato and
potato/onion bars allow folks to mix and match
cherry and grape tomatoes, and different spud and onion varieties.
The salad bar features more than 60 fresh items, plus signature soups like Lowes' Cock-a-doodle Noodle soup made
with hand-pulled, no-antibiotics-ever rotisserie chicken. That
clean labeling carries over to to the Chicken Kitchen, featuring
hand-breaded chicken and hand-tossed wings.
About that chicken dance: Since starting the ritual to herald each
fresh batch, "we saw triple-digit growth in a very mature category,"
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Lowes Foods History
Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods
employs about 9,000 people and
operates nearly 100 full-service
supermarkets in North Carolina,
South Carolina and Virginia.
Locally owned and operated,
Lowes Foods declares its commitment to "bringing community
back to the table" by providing customers with fresh, innovative
products from local suppliers. The company maintains a strong
focus on exceptional attention to its shoppers, with services like
Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping and gas rewards discounts.
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Lowes Foods LLC is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Alex Lee Inc. Founded in 1931, Alex Lee is
the family-owned and -operated parent company of Lowes, as
well as of Merchants Distributors LLC, which provides full-service wholesale distribution to supermarkets, and Just Save food
stores in North Carolina. Alex Lee Inc. is based in Hickory, N.C.
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