Lowes Foods grand opening showcases upgrades


By Bill Colvard - [email protected]



Gary Largen, store manager of Mount Airy Lowes Foods and Mount Airy mayor David Rowe cut the ribbon for the grand re-opening of Lowes Food. Tim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods (left) and Mount Airy Chamber president Randy Collins (right), hold the ribbon while Lowes Food staffers cheers from behind.


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Tim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods, (left) leads a cheer with approximately 100 Lowes staff, guests and local dignitaries at Wednesday’s grand re-opening of the Mount Airy Lowes Foods.


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Suzanne Stewart (right) entertains shoppers along with other SCC Aktion Club members, as they work to prevent childhood hunger for summer with pre-packed bags of food.


Bill Colvard | The News

Sarah Gunderson is one of the first to build a salad from Lowes Foods new in-store salad bar. The store’s expanded produce section can be seen behind.


Bill Colvard | The News

Erin O’Rourke presents a goody bag to Brett Willis, a Chamber ambassador with Mountain Valley Hospice.


Bill Colvard | The News

A Beer Den is one of the new additions to Lowes foods. Teyona Brown is ready to dispense samples of local and craft beers.


Bill Colvard | The News

“When we toss you the keys, drive it like you stole it,” was the advice given to the staff of Lowes Foods in Mount Airy by company president Tim Lowe, as he addressed a crowd of about a hundred people yesterday at the store’s grand re-opening.

Lowe stressed to the crowd that Lowes Foods is a local company, based in North Carolina, and has been since its beginning in 1954.

After speeches by Lowe, other Lowes employees and local dignitaries, store manager Gary Largen and Mount Airy mayor David Rowe cut the ribbon and a crowd of about 100 people poured into the store to inspect the changes. Goody bags were handed out at the door, and employees circulated through the store passing out samples

Work on the project has taken two months, but began with a Makeover Challenge back in January, according to store manager Gary Largen. The store’s staff identified areas where improvement could be made and made a presentation as part of the challenge. Seventeen stores participated in the challenge, according to Largen and four were selected.

“It makes it all the sweeter because of the effort we put in,” Largen added.

Many of the store’s changes are in perishables co-manager Randy Bowman’s department. Bowman pointed out the new Beer Den where local and craft beers can be sampled before purchase, added variety of organic produce offerings, a new salad bar and a revamped meat section, now called the Beef Shop.

One very 21st-century innovation the store is instituting is online ordering with personal shopping by staff members with a designated Lowes Food To Go pickup lane where an attendant loads the groceries, according to Jarrett Hodges.

Hodges says, “We pick the groceries like it’s for our own family.” We will get to know our guests and provide them with a quick, convenient and personal shopping experience.

There will be no shopping fee for the first month with an additional $20 off of a $100 order that can be used twice. The code is “newstore.” After the initial month, the shopping fee will then be $4.95 per visit with monthly and annual subscriptions available. Online shopping is available at shop.lowesfoods.com or customers who would rather order by telephone can call 888-537-8646.

Gary Largen, store manager of Mount Airy Lowes Foods and Mount Airy mayor David Rowe cut the ribbon for the grand re-opening of Lowes Food. Tim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods (left) and Mount Airy Chamber president Randy Collins (right), hold the ribbon while Lowes Food staffers cheers from behind.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Lowes_0289.jpgGary Largen, store manager of Mount Airy Lowes Foods and Mount Airy mayor David Rowe cut the ribbon for the grand re-opening of Lowes Food. Tim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods (left) and Mount Airy Chamber president Randy Collins (right), hold the ribbon while Lowes Food staffers cheers from behind. Bill Colvard | The News

Tim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods, (left) leads a cheer with approximately 100 Lowes staff, guests and local dignitaries at Wednesday’s grand re-opening of the Mount Airy Lowes Foods.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Lowes_0285.jpgTim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods, (left) leads a cheer with approximately 100 Lowes staff, guests and local dignitaries at Wednesday’s grand re-opening of the Mount Airy Lowes Foods. Bill Colvard | The News

Suzanne Stewart (right) entertains shoppers along with other SCC Aktion Club members, as they work to prevent childhood hunger for summer with pre-packed bags of food.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Lowes_0305.jpgSuzanne Stewart (right) entertains shoppers along with other SCC Aktion Club members, as they work to prevent childhood hunger for summer with pre-packed bags of food. Bill Colvard | The News

Sarah Gunderson is one of the first to build a salad from Lowes Foods new in-store salad bar. The store’s expanded produce section can be seen behind.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Lowes_0298.jpgSarah Gunderson is one of the first to build a salad from Lowes Foods new in-store salad bar. The store’s expanded produce section can be seen behind. Bill Colvard | The News

Erin O’Rourke presents a goody bag to Brett Willis, a Chamber ambassador with Mountain Valley Hospice.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Lowes_0292.jpgErin O’Rourke presents a goody bag to Brett Willis, a Chamber ambassador with Mountain Valley Hospice. Bill Colvard | The News

A Beer Den is one of the new additions to Lowes foods. Teyona Brown is ready to dispense samples of local and craft beers.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Lowes_0295.jpgA Beer Den is one of the new additions to Lowes foods. Teyona Brown is ready to dispense samples of local and craft beers. Bill Colvard | The News

By Bill Colvard

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Bill Colvard can be reached at 336-415-4699 or on Twitter @BillColvard.

Bill Colvard can be reached at 336-415-4699 or on Twitter @BillColvard.

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