The Baltimore Sun reports that Ahold Delhaize-owned "Food Lion has completed a yearlong project to remodel its 52 Maryland supermarkets, adding more than 1,100 store employees statewide.
"The grocer unveiled $108.2 million worth of upgrades Wednesday, part of a multiyear effort to reposition the 'everyday low price' chain in its 10-state market area. The retailer, based in Salisbury, North Carolina, is rebranding itself with its slogan 'easy, fresh and affordable'."
According to the Sun, "All Maryland stores have been redesigned with new layouts, upgraded decor and lighting, new front-end registers and expanded product assortments that include more organic, gluten-free and local items, and expanded fresh produce and meat departments … Stores also have added more selection in deli and bakery departments and more prepared meals, grab-and go-choices, and pre-sliced deli meats and cheeses. The remodeling effort has been underway for about a year."
Company president Meg Hamm said the company is striving "to compete not only on price but hopes to fill the niche of 'neighborhood grocery store'."