Food Lion Co-Founder Dies at 93

SALISBURY, N.C. — Wilson Smith, a co-founder of the Food Lion chain, based here, died Wednesday, April 20, at age 93, according to reports.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Wilson Smith, a co-founder of the Food Lion chain, based here, died Wednesday, April 20, at age 93, according to reports.

Smith partnered with two brothers, Ralph Ketner and Brown Ketner, who he had worked with at Winn-Dixie, to open the first Food Town together in 1957. The name was later changed to Food Lion.

Smith retired after growing the chain, now owned by Brussels-based Delhaize Group, in the 1970s when it had grown to 100 stores, according to a

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