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Lowe's Foods Stores, Inc. announces the Grand Opening of a new Lowes Foods Store in Hampstead, NC on Wednesday, May 22, 2013  -- Winston-Salem, NC - May 17, 2013
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          Lowes Foods will open a brand new store at 17230 US Highway 17  in Hampstead, NC. This is the most recent Lowes Foods store to open in the Carolinas and the first in the Topsail area.  The new Lowes Foods design is based on extensive research which shows that consumers are always looking for more and better ways to save money, save time and support their communities.

          Grand Opening events will take place at the store all day on Wednesday beginning at 7am.  Grand Opening Day activities include Gift Card Giveaways, free samples and coupons, free newspapers, a visit from Ruby the Blue Rhino, wine and coffee samplings, the NCDA Big Cart and more!  Events continuing through the week will include additional food and wine samplings, product/goody bag giveaways, a Wheel of Wow Prize Wheel, an Oreo Stacking Contest and a visit from the Lowes Foods Smart Shoppers.  Special bonus offers will run for several coming weeks.

          The entire Hampstead community is invited to a free community reception and ribbon cutting ceremony at the store on Tuesday, May 21st from 5 pm until 8 pm.  Many food samplings, wine and beer tastings, free coupons and products and a brand new bike giveaway will be presented.  The new store will have registers open for customers to make purchases that evening.  The reception will also serve as the kick off to Lowes Foods 2013 Campaign to "Bag Childhood Hunger."  This annual food drive helps to feed our neighbors in need right in our local communities.  A $1,000 product donation will be presented to Livingstone Tabernacle Food Pantry, an affiliate of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC at Wilmington at the ceremony.

          Lowes Foods features a number of signature products which are "the best of the best" in each department, including fried chicken, chicken grape salad, sweet tea, apple pie, pound cake, fresh ground sausage, fresh meat starter kits and more.  These ready-made products help customers save time in the kitchen.  Many products available in the store will be sourced locally, allowing a lower cost of distribution and fresher products for the customer while supporting other North Carolina based businesses.

          The new store will offer the exclusive Lowes Foods to Go personal shopping service to customers.  Lowes Foods to Go shopping orders are placed either on-line or by telephone and is offered six days per week for a nominal per shop fee of $4.95.  Discounted monthly and annual rates are also available.  Lowes Foods to Go is just one more way Lowes Foods strives to give customers more time for what really matters!  More information can be found at or by calling 888.537.8646.

          Also available to its valued customers, Lowes Foods offers Gas Rewards and NuVal® nutritional scoring.  Gas rewards is a partnership with WilcoHess that allows customers to earn 5¢ off per gallon of gas for every $100 they spend in groceries at Lowes Foods.  These discounts are also available right on site in Hampstead where the store features a fuel location.  NuVal® is a nutritional scoring system that rates foods from one to one hundred based on their nutritional content.  This number is displayed on the product's shelf tag so that customers can tell the overall nutrition of an item at a glance.

          On top of all of the great ways to save, Lowes Foods offers hometown customer service with friendly, familiar faces to serve customers.  Kirby Bolin, Store Manager, has lived in the Pender County area for a number of years and is excited about the opportunity for both he and his staff to serve our community neighbors.  The company looks forward to playing an active philanthropic role in the Hampstead community focusing on programs that help feed the hungry and educate our youth. 


Lowes Foods, Hampstead, NC

Grand Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5 o'clock pm

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm          Media arrive and set up

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm          Musical Selection by Topsail Beach Middle School Band

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm          Guests Assemble at Front Door

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm          Welcome from Kirby Bolin, Store Manager

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm          Official kickoff of Lowes Foods Annual Bag Childhood Hunger Campaign 2013 with presentation of $1,000 product donation to Livingstone                                   Tabernacle Food Pantry, Mrs. Lottie Rogers and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC at Wilmington, Jeff Rose, Branch Director

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm          Comments by Pender County Commissioner, David Williams

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm          Introduction of Store Management Staff by Kirby Bolin

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm          Red Ribbon Cutting by Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent, Pender County Schools

5:15 pm                         Store is open to our new community family!

Executive management staff from Lowes Foods will be available for comments following the ribbon cutting.

About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.  Founded in 1954, Lowe's Food Stores, Inc. employs nearly 9,000 people and operates 100 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The company is committed to offering fabulous fresh foods and delivering personal attention to each of its customers.  Locally owned and operated, Lowe's Food Stores, Inc. is committed to buying local products and supporting local suppliers.  They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping service and an online meal planner that focus on saving people time and money. Information about these programs and other services offered by the company may be found at or by following Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter.


About Alex Lee

Founded in 1931, Alex Lee, Inc is a family owned company based in Hickory, North Carolina.  Employing over 10,000 people, Alex Lee, Inc. is the holding company for: Merchants Distributors, Inc. (MDI) and Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.  Locally owned and operated, Alex Lee, Inc. is a full-service food distribution operation with both grocery wholesale distributors and retail grocery stores.  More information on Alex Lee, Inc. can be found at



Mary Jo Lee

Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.
(336) 775-3056