It’s been a long couple of weeks without a grocery store for Edistonians and visitors! But alas, the day has arrived—the new Food Lion is open! Last Summer there was news of Food Lion purchasing several BiLo grocery stores throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. With our little store included in the acquisition, on March 15, 2021, BiLo shut its doors and has reopened today as a Food Lion. It may be crazy to some for such a fuss to be made over a grocery store. But, being such a small community with only one grocery store, this transition is quite the hot topic!
The new Food Lion is the 4th grocery store to occupy the location on your right, just after crossing the causeway onto the beach. Originally an IGA, the store later transitioned to the beloved Piggly Wiggly. While I can’t recall exact dates for these changes, the Piggly Wiggly probably had the longest run of all of the grocery stores so far. In November of 2013, “The Pig” shut its doors and reopened as a BiLo. Eight years later, here we are today with the new Food Lion.
I cruised through this morning to check it out and snapped some photos to share! There isn’t much room to make any major changes within the building, but Food Lion has done a fantastic job of organizing and maximizing the space available. You may have to relearn the location of some items such as the candy aisle and the frozen pizza section, but I think its an adjustment we can all handle.
If you won’t be here soon but are anxious to check out the new store, I hope you will enjoy these photos!…
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