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    New S.C. Store, Diabetes Tours on Tap for Lowes Foods

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Regional grocer Lowes Foods is set to open its first store in Murrells Inlet, S.C. on Feb. 27, fitting in with the chain's plans to grow its presence along the coast of South Carolina.

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Regional grocer Lowes Foods is set to open its first store in Murrells Inlet, S.C. on Feb. 27, fitting in with the chain's plans to grow its presence along the coast of South Carolina.

    The 47,000-square-foot store, designed as a 'FreshSmart' store, emphasizes fresh produce, meat, seafood, bakery and floral departments, and a deli featuring Boar's Head meats and cheeses.

    The store will also have a wide variety of groceries, including gourmet and specialty items, and an extensive selection of beer and wine, according to the retailer. It will have a salad bar and offer prepared foods, a selection of natural and organic foods, nutritional supplements, and natural body care products.

    In other company news, Lowes Foods said it is offering free diabetes education tours every two months throughout 2008. Led by registered dietitians, the small-group tours will provide information to help those with diabetes choose the healthiest foods when grocery shopping.

    The tours will include samples of tasty foods that offer high nutritional value, but not too many carbohydrates. Those who take the tour will also receive recipes and coupons.

    Tours are scheduled for March 4 and 18, May 6 and 20, July 8 and 22, Sept. 9 and 23, and Nov. 4 and 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. The tours are being offered through a partnership with Lowes Foods and Kraft.

    Last but not least, Lowes Foods said it donated more than 617,000 pounds of food during the Friends Feeding Friends food drive. The food was distributed to Second Harvest Food Banks and their member agencies to provide for those in danger of going hungry.

    Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods operates 105 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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