Carolina grocery chain Lowes Foods announced this week it will build its second Greenville area location at the Village Market-East shopping center on the northwest corner of Woodruff Road and Sunnydale Drive in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville.
In July, the grocer announced plans for its first store in the market at Suber and Hammett Bridge roads in Greer. That store is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in summer 2016.
The Greenville market is an important part of the overall company strategy to accelerate investment in remodeling existing stores, build new stores and evaluate strategic marketplace opportunities, the company said in a news release.
“We are very excited to bring a new and unique grocery shopping experience to the Five Forks area,” said Tim Lowe, Lowes Foods president. “As a family-owned Carolina company, we are very focused on supporting local while providing exceptional service and attention to our guests. Our commitment to local includes offering produce sourced through our partnership with more than 250 Carolina-based farmers, and by featuring uniquely local products found throughout our store.”
The grocery store chain currently has 97 locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Key features of the Greenville store will include special store areas called the Lowes Foods Originals, which include the Chicken Kitchen, Sausage Works, Pick & Prep, The Beer Den, The Cakery, Boxcar Coffee & Chocolates and the Community Table.
The new Five Forks store will also feature a wide assortment of organics, premium aged beef, bulk foods, fresh pizza and paninis, chef-inspired prepared foods, and the Lowes Foods-To-Go online personal shopping service.
Construction on the Greenville location will begin in spring 2016 with the opening targeted for spring 2017.
Lowes Foods Originals that will be included in the Greenville store
The Beer Den. Selection of crafts and drafts along with seasonal offerings of unique beers, special events and growler fills on-site.
SausageWorks. Features locally made pork, beef and poultry sausages.
The Chicken Kitchen. Includes a variety of fresh prepared locally sourced antibiotic-free chicken. When hot chicken comes out of the rotisserie oven, the animated chicken chandelier signals the start of Lowes Foods’ special chicken celebration, including a unique version of the Chicken Dance.
Pick & Prep. Pick & Prep chefs cut, slice, dice, mince and cube your fruits and vegetables to your preference while you shop. Pick & Prep also offers an array of packaged, grab-&-go fruits and vegetables cut fresh throughout the day.
The Community Table. A place where shoppers can gather to sample and learn how to prepare local foods. Constructed of reclaimed wood from local barns, it will also host events such as recipe sampling, crafts for children, gluten-free eating tips and couponing classes.
Boxcar Coffee & Chocolates. Features select coffee beans roasted on-site, and a variety of chocolate barks prepared daily at the store.
The Cakery. Square cakes in all sizes are assembled, topped with icing made fresh in-store with real cream and butter.