New stores open doors: Some Food Lions reopen as Shop ‘n Save today

Kelly Coffelt Jr, produce manager for the Front Royal Shop 'n Save, arranges fresh produce in the store on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Front Royal and Stephens City Food Lion supermarkets will reopen today under a new name and new owner.

Shop ‘n Save, a Pittsburgh-based grocery company owned by parent company Super Valu, is taking over 22 Food Lion stores along the Interstate 81 corridor, said Glenn Mowery, district manager for the locations.

“We know that the area is great and we’ve been wanting to come into this area for a long time, and with the selling of the 22 Food Lions, the opportunity was right there for us to do it. We’re looking forward to working with the communities and doing special things out here.”

Stores in Front Royal, Stephens City, Winchester and Berryville will be making the switch, but the Strasburg Food Lion will remain a Food Lion store.

Those Food Lion employees who wish to continue working will be welcomed at the Shop ‘n Save locations, Mowery said.

Anthony Allen, a sign installer for Talley Sign Company in Richmond, paints outside the new Front Royal Shop 'n Save store in September. Food Lion stores in Stephens City, Winchester and Berryville also reopened last fall as Shop 'n Save stores. Rich Cooley/Daily

“We offered the employees the same amount of pay and everything,” he said. “We actually encouraged them and we told them we wanted them to come on board.”

The conversion process began with the Front Royal and Stephens City Food Lion stores this week. Mowery said that those were closed first and will be converted first as well.  They both open at 7 a.m. today as Shop ‘n Save stores.

The rest of the 22 stores are located in Winchester, Berryville and as far north as Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Those store reopenings will take place over the next three weeks.

“We started off with two and we’re going to spread off and do eight stores per week, ending with the 22 (total stores),” he said.

Perishable Food Lion items are being donated, Mowery said.

“We set it up to go to the food banks in the local food banks in the area. We called all the local ones and we’re delivering the perishable ones.”

Mowery said that Shop ‘n Save will offer increased variety and quality to its customers.

“We will have better offerings in the deli, bakery and produce as well as meat. We have the Wild Harvest organic brand and we have a lot more private brand label. … When we come back to the area and refresh the stores we’ll add a lot more of variety.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com