The BI-LO store on N. Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton recently completed remodeling work, part of an effort by the grocery-store chain to upgrade some of its facilities.
Sterling Davis, store director, told the Times-News on Monday that renovations were made from top to bottom, including new walls and flooring.
The corporate initiative involved freshening up the stores to transform them into premiere grocers, he added.
Work began the first week in September, wrapping up after about two and a half months. During that time, the store remained open 24/7, with most construction done during third-shift hours, Davis said.
In addition to the renovated floors and walls, a new decor package was also rolled out to enhance the store’s departments. This included new cases for the perishable items, among other things. BI-LO has also expanded on its line of meats and now offers a free Wi-Fi cafe.
As part of the revamping process, he said he has brought on some new hires in most departments, as well.
For Davis, a resident of Dallas who’s been with BI-LO for eight years, the remodeling of the store was not just about revitalizing its image, but also about showing its customers that they matter.
“We’re more than a grocer,” he said. “We want to be a part of the community.”
Throughout the year, the store teams up with various local organizations and charities in an effort to give back.
Most recently, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to unveil its new-and-improved facility, BI-LO donated $5,912.50 to Christian Ministries of Lincoln County.
“We are dedicated to being Lincolnton’s neighborhood grocer and will continue to provide shoppers with excellent value on a wide variety of high-quality products, all with exceptional customer care,” said BI-LO District Director Rick Glay in a statement regarding the donation.
“We wanted to show our appreciation by updating the store and making this big donation to the community in which we live.”
Additionally, the store will be offering free glucose and cholesterol screenings to customers from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The store also plans to start hosting BI-LO Food Detective store tours, a field trip that’s geared toward children in grades kindergarten through five. The hands-on event is based on the MyPlate teaching method for health and education and BI-LO’s own health and wellness initiative, aimed at helping shoppers make healthy, affordable choices, both in the store aisle and at home.
BI-LO Food Detectives aligns with local learning standards and is offered free to all elementary schools, as well as to Scout groups, home-schoolers, day cares, churches and other community organizations. Interested parties can schedule a tour by visiting BI-LO’s Food Detectives website: www.fieldtripfactory.com/bilo.