Biz Briefs 9/10/17

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 10, 2017

Honoring 60 Pantries for 60 Years: Food Lion Feeds expands ‘The Great Pantry Makeover’ in campaign’s third year

SALISBURY — As part of its 60th anniversary celebration and Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month, Food Lion is expanding its third annual “The Great Pantry Makeover” by remodeling and stocking the shelves of 60 local food pantries across its 10-state operating area. During this event, which kicks off today with makeovers through Dec. 12, the company will donate more than 2.5 million meals and 2,000 volunteer hours as part of its largest associate volunteer initiative.

“At Food Lion, we are committed to nourishing the towns and cities we serve,” said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. “‘The Great Pantry Makeover’ provides our associates a great opportunity to personally connect with their neighbors to help fight hunger through local food pantry capacity expansion, refurbishment and healthy food donations.”

Now in its third year, “The Great Pantry Makeover” will double its efforts, expanding from 30 pantry makeovers to 60 leading up to Dec. 12, which is Food Lion’s 60th anniversary.

Pantry improvements include remodels ranging from installing shelves, painting and cleaning pantries, installing equipment to expand capacity for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products, and, in addition to performing the work, Food Lion associates will stock the pantry shelves with food.

“The Great Pantry Makeover” is proud to partner with Feeding America during Hunger Action Month to help raise awareness of the nationwide campaign mobilizing communities to take action to help end hunger.

Follow the campaign over the next four months on Twitter — @FoodLionNews — or on Food Lion’s Lion’s Tale Blog.

For more information about Food Lion, visit

Rowan County Weather celebrates 10,000 followers on Facebook

ATWELL TOWNSHIP – Rowan County Weather has been providing local forecasts to residents on social media via Facebook and Twitter for more than four years.

Rowan County Weather recently reached a milestone on Facebook when it acquired its 10,000th follower.

 “I am absolutely ecstatic about reaching this milestone. It is something I have been working toward for sometime now. I want to be able to provide a forecast for anyone in Rowan County,” said Rowan County Weather chief forecaster Steve Monday. “That’s why the avenues of Facebook, Twitter and our website — — are big traffic venues for us. I sincerely want to thank the residents of Rowan County for embracing this service and appreciate their continued support.”

Rowan County Weather is a privately owned weather serviced owned and operated by Steve Monday.

Rowan County Weather continues to work with local media partners to provide accurate weather service for Rowan County residents.

Tractor Supply invites Salisbury vendors to showcase goods at its Oct. 7 farmers market

SALISBURY — The Tractor Supply store in Salisbury is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its farmers market Oct. 7.

Tractor Supply is encouraging crafters and growers with an interest in things like homemade crafts and candles, baked goods, art and gardening to sign up.

To register, vendors can visit or the Salisbury Tractor Supply store.

Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also welcome to register.

“The farmers market will be a celebration of the talent and expertise in our community,” said Phil Reiter, vice president of national and local store marketing at Tractor Supply.

By registering, participants will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their goods and services, free of charge, in tented areas near the storefront.

“Whether it’s a side business or a hobby, our customers take pride in what they build, create and grow, and we want to help them share their talents with the community,” said Reiter. “At Tractor Supply, service means more than helping customers save time and money, it means serving our community and supporting our customers’ passions.”
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. As of July 1, the company operated 1,630 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at