Lowe to address Lowes Foods concept of local grocery stores

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Lowes Foods President Tim Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the 78th Annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce event.

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Lowes Foods President Tim Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the 78th Annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce event.


Every person attending tonight’s Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce 78th annual celebration will have something in common with the guest speaker.

The grocery store.

Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., is the keynote speaker for the 78th annual event at Embassy Suites.

Lowe will undoubtedly talk about the locally produced concept that his grocery store embraces and helps market more than 2,500 items from growers and producers. Greer will be the site of the first Lowes Foods at the intersection of Suber Road and Hammett Bridge Road across from Riverside High School.

“We think Greer is under served with a local grocery store, one that serves locally produced products,” Lowe told GreerToday.com. “We’re talking about partnering with a Greer farmer’s market (at the Depot) and recruiting local vendors. We want to be the local vendor for Greer products, too.”

Each time Lowe and his management team visits the community they are introduced to products made by local vendors and visit communities introducing their concept.

“We feel it is important to show why we are coming to Greer. We want to be good community stewards,” Lowe said.

The Greer store is scheduled to open in early fall. Simpsonville and Greenville communities will follow, but not for over a year. Which means all eyes will be on Greer’s store.

“I want to introduce who we are, our legacy and serving independent and wholesale divisions,” Lowe said. “My message is that our philosophy is fun and being a great community partner offering great community service.”

At Riverside High School’s athletic signing Wednesday, coaches were talking about the “grocery store across the street”. “We are working hard with relationships at Riverside and schools in the area,” Lowe said.

Lowe has already had his team meeting with Riverside school officials. They will be partnering with the Riverside and Eastside booster clubs in their annual fundraiser, Oyster Roast and BBQ on March 12. A partnership with the Upstate Children’s Museum is being developed to bring some promotions to Greer.

Lowe said, “In general we look at young adults as future leaders. It’s all about the experience and connection back to the local high schools.”






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