"The expansion of this facility will further support storage capacity for Food Lion grocery stores," said 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 sq. ft. 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 said it 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.
Delhaize America is a leading supermarket operator with more than 1,600 stores in 16 states in the eastern United States. Delhaize America operates under the banners Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Food Lion, Harveys, Hannaford Supermarkets, Reid's and Sweetbay. Food Lion supermarkets, operate more than 1,100 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Harveys or Reid's.