CONVENIENCE SALES CAUGHT BY FOOD LION 24-HOUR UNITS

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here has been able to increase its sales of high-margin, "convenience store-type" items, such as cigarettes, by switching many of its stores to a 24-hour operation."Our very late night shoppers are buying many items that they might have purchased in a convenience store in the past, like chips, snacks, candy, chilled drinks and packages of cigarettes," Chris Ahearn, corporate

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here has been able to increase its sales of high-margin, "convenience store-type" items, such as cigarettes, by switching many of its stores to a 24-hour operation.

"Our very late night shoppers are buying many items that they might have purchased in a convenience store in the past, like chips, snacks, candy, chilled drinks and packages of cigarettes," Chris Ahearn, corporate communications director at Food Lion, told SN.

Though Food Lion declined

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