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Lowes Foods will build its first upstate grocery store in Greer

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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The Boxcar Coffee & Chocolate Co.
 

Lowes Foods

The Boxcar Coffee & Chocolate Co.

 



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A visit with the chicken mascot will be fun for the children.
 

Lowes Foods

A visit with the chicken mascot will be fun for the children.

 



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The Beer Den will feature a craft beer collection and guests can purchase 64-ounce growlers and then have them filled with craft beers from the tap.
 

Lowes Foods

The Beer Den will feature a craft beer collection and guests can purchase 64-ounce growlers and then have them filled with craft beers from the tap.

 



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The Cakery will feature a myriad flavors of icing.
 

Lowes Foods

The Cakery will feature a myriad flavors of icing.

 



Greer has been selected as the site for the first Lowes Foods grocery store in the greater Greer market.

Groundbreaking for the new store will be later this month at the corner of Suber Road and Hammett Bridge Road. It is across Riverside High School with the store’s tentative opening is mid-2016, GreerToday.com has learned.

“Our Greer store will be very focused on supporting local, while providing exceptional attention to our guests,” Lowes Foods President Tim Lowe said.  “Our commitment to local includes offering produce sourced through our partnership with over 250 local farmers, and featuring a wide assortment of unique local products found throughout the store.”

Greater Greer / Greenville is the first new market for Lowes Foods as part of an overall company strategy to remodel all existing stores and expand into two-to-three additional markets by 2019.

The Greer store will be a new prototype built from the ground up.

Key features of the Greer store will include special store areas called the Lowes Foods Originals, which include: Chicken Kitchen, Sausage Works, Pick & Prep, The Beer Den, The Cakery, Boxcar Coffee & Chocolates, and the Community Table. 

The store will also feature a wide assortment of organics, premium aged beef, bulk foods, fresh pizza and paninis, and chef-inspired prepared foods.  The store will also offer Lowes Foods-To-Go online personal shopping service.

The Beer Den is a craft beer collection, including South Carolina-brewed beers. Guests can purchase 64-ounce growlers and then have them filled with craft beers direct from the tap. The Beer Den also will offer hundreds of bottled craft beers, including the ability for beer lovers to create their own favorite six packs.

The Chicken Kitchen will include a variety of prepared chicken, including wings, fried and fresh-roasted chicken. “When hot chicken comes out of the rotisserie oven at Lowes Foods, our animated chicken chandelier signals the start of our special chicken celebration,” Lowe said. “Our Chicken Kitchen hosts will perform our own version of the Chicken Dance and invite guests to join in. It’s a lot of fun.”

A focal point of the new Greer store will be Lowes Foods Community Table, where shoppers can gather to sample, enjoy and learn how to prepare local foods. The Community Table, which will be constructed of reclaimed wood, also will offer events such as recipe sampling, crafts for children, gluten free eating tips and couponing classes. 

“Our Pick & Prep area is like having your own personal sous chef. It’s one of my personal favorites,” Lowe said. “Shoppers select their fruits or vegetables from our produce department. Next, our Pick & Prep hosts use their advanced knife skills to chop, slice or julienne them — however they are needed for recipes or snacks. Cooks can even customize their mix of Pick & Prep items for a recipe or pick up a prepared selection.”

An area will be designated Boxcar Coffee & Chocolates, a place where select coffee beans are freshly roasted on-site and a variety of chocolate barks are prepared at the store. A train-like boxcar will be recreated inside the store so that guests can sit and enjoy their fresh coffee, chocolate and other foods.

Additional sites in the Greenville area will be announced later this year.

 

 

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