Less than two months after the opening of its first Midlands-area store, Lowes Foods has announced it will open its second location at 8 a.m. July 21.
Lowes Foods made its debut in the Columbia market when it opened its first area location on May 24 at 2440 Augusta Highway in Lexington across from Lexington High School. The second location is also located in Lexington, at the corner of Hope Ferry Road and U.S. 378/Sunset Boulevard in the newly constructed Lexington Square shopping center.
Tim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods, said the Hope Ferry Road store is identical to the first store and includes Lowes Foods Originals such as the Community Table, The Beer Den, SausageWorks, The Cakery, Bread Crumb, Smokehouse, Sammy’s, The Chicken Kitchen and Pick & Prep. Unlike the Charter Oak Road store, however, the second location will not include a fuel center.
Both Lowes Foods stores in Lexington feature Lowes Foods to Go, an online ordering service where guests can select their groceries online, have Lowes Foods hosts do the shopping for them, and pick up the ready-to-go order curb side.
Shopping center developer S.J. Collins Enterprises has also worked to make sure the grocer has some neighbors in the 87,000-square-foot shopping center.
Several businesses have already signed leases for the center, including Creative Nail Salon, Hollywood Feed (a retailer of natural pet food and supplies), Sola Salon, Sikuya Japanese Sushi and Steakhouse and Orangetheory Fitness.
Lowes Foods will open a store in Columbia in mid-2018. It will be at 4711 Forest Drive in the former Bi-Lo location. The grocer also opened two stores in Greer and one in Simpsonville last year and has plans to open stores in Summerville, Mt. Pleasant and a third location in the Greenville area.
Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs approximately 9,000 people and operates nearly 100 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.