Food Lion Recognizes Long-Term Associates For Their Dedicated Service

Five local associates celebrate over 30 years with the omnichannel grocery retailer

SALISBURY, NC – Food Lion is proud to announce more than 350 associates are celebrating more than 30 years of service this year. Among them are five long-term associates from stores in Johnston County, North Carolina.

On April 18th, associates were honored during an annual event where the retailer shares appreciation and gratitude for long-term associates, presenting them with the Years of Service Award. These individuals bring Food Lion’s brand, strategy and culture to life and have served their towns and cities for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years. At the event, each associate’s name, position, location and service milestone were read aloud and celebrated. Collectively, their tenure is 12,320 years.

The following local associates were recognized:

30 years of service

  • Marvin Mcclain, Perishable Associate in Clayton, NC
  • Chad Noles, Store Manager in Kenly, NC

35 years of service

  • Robert Heathcock, Store Manager in Newton Grove, NC
  • Rita Thornton, Pricing Coordinator in Smithfield, NC

40 years of service

  • Christopher Tart, Produce Sales Manager in Clayton, NC

“Recognizing the dedication and contributions of our associates who have served Food Lion for many years is a true honor for us,” said Meg Ham, President, Food Lion. “Their commitment to excellence, care for our customers and impact in the towns and cities we serve is invaluable. We are incredibly fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated associates who continue to make a positive difference every day.”

Food Lion employs 82,000 associates at more than 1,100 stores across 10 states.

Founded and based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize.


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