Salisbury, NC: Delhaize America and Food Lion plan to expand the company's distribution center in Dunn, NC, adding approximately 54,000 square feet to increase storage space for refrigerated and frozen foods.
"Food Lion is proud to expand its business in North Carolina and in the Dunn community," says Food Lion president Cathy Green Burns. "This announcement reinforces our commitment to North Carolina and enables us to continue to serve our customers in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. We look forward to completing this project and establishing a greater presence in North Carolina."
The expanded refrigerated and frozen section at the facility will provide additional storage for more than 4,000 dairy, meat and frozen food products.
"The expansion of this facility will further support storage capacity for Food Lion grocery stores," says Gerry Greenleaf, vice president of distribution and transportation for Delhaize America. "After the devastating tornado that struck North Carolina this spring, we evaluated opportunities to further enhance this facility as part of our rebuilding efforts. As our business grows and storage capacity needs increase, this was the right opportunity to expand this distribution center."
The distribution center in Dunn, NC, first opened in 1987 and services 264 Food Lion stores primarily located in North Carolina. The facility has more than 700 associates and after the expansion will be approximately 1.3 million square feet. On average, the distribution facility ships more than 1.4 million cases of products each week, and houses 12,800 items. After being struck by a tornado this spring, the company has resumed full grocery operations and is working very diligently on the reconstruction of the refrigerated and frozen foods to resume normal operations. The company expects to open the facility's expanded space in early 2012.