Steve Gregory, store manager of the Lowes Foods in King, has worked for the company for the past 40 years and said the recent renovations and grand re-opening of the King location have been some of the most drastic changes he’s seen within Lowes over the past four decades.
“I think they’re some of the most exciting,” Gregory said.
All of the changes seen at the King location are company wide, and all the stores will be converting to the new format by 2018.
According to Gregory, Lowes Foods is shifting its model of operation to a more convenient offerings approach which will allow customers to spend more time with their families.
Some of the changes the store has experienced in recent months include the addition of a chicken kitchen, a pizza and panini program, a new salad bar, a pick and prep produce department, a cakery, community displays, and a community table.
“The Chicken Kitchen places an emphasis on chicken and we think ours is the best,” Gregory said.
The chicken that Lowes Foods offers as part of the Chicken Kitchen is fresh and never frozen, hand-breaded, and fried consistently throughout the day, Gregory said.
The pizza panini program offers several different varieties with real Italian crust made in store every day. Pizzas can be made in 60 seconds and paninis in 90 seconds.
“The brand new salad bar probably offers one of the largest assortments in the area,” Gregory said.
As for the pick and prep produce department, Gregory said pre-prepared produce will be available on a daily basis with the option of allowing customers to select their own produce and store associates will prepare it upon request.
“It saves you time for your family and things you need to do,” Gregory said.
The new Cakery is actually an addition to the pre-existing bakery, but now offers a new icing that is made in house out of butter and creme cheese.
“It’s just out of this world.”
Local displays is part of a push to showcase products that are being produced by farmers and food producers in North and South Carolina, as well as southern Virginia.
The community table is perhaps one of the more exciting additions, Gregory noted. Store associates select and prepare samples based on different themes. The most recent idea revolves around bag lunches for students who are heading back to school.
On Friday, Nicole Griffith worked the community table and provided customers with samples of Ruben and turkey, bacon and guacamole sandwiches.
Perhaps the most talked about change is Lowes Foods ability for customers to consume beer or wine while they shop. The alcoholic offering is called Beered In and was made legal by the North Carolina General Assembly.
The store does have an alcohol permit for the site and all alcohol must be consumed inside the store.
The store offers a selection of six different local beers, with each glass of beer costing in the neighborhood of $5.
“We invite everyone to come in and see the new changes,” Gregory said. “I think this one is exciting. It’s new and I like to think our guests really like it.”
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.