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Food Lion - The history

The Food Lion, a grocery store company, is headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina. The first Food Lion store was opened under the name Food Town on 12th December 1957 by Wilson Smith, Ralph Ketner, and Brown Ketner. The Food Lion name was adopted in 1983.

The Food Lion, LLC was acquired by the Delhaize Group in 1974. It is currently owned by Ahold Delhaize due to the merger of July 2017.

The company expanded most in the 80's. In the 90s, Food Lion was the fastest growing supermarket chain in the US, opening over 100 stores a year.