Merchants Distributors Announces Expansion
Creating 111 Jobs in Hickory
Grocery distributor to invest $120 million in Caldwell County
Hickory, N.C. – Merchants Distributors, LLC, a wholesale grocery distributor founded in Hickory in 1931, will invest $120 million to expand its services and operations. The company anticipates adding approximately 200,000 square feet to its Caldwell County facilities.
HICKORY, N.C., Oct. 28, 2019 – Alex Lee, Inc. announced today that it has completed its acquisition of W. Lee Flowers & Co., a wholesale and retail grocery company based in Scranton, S.C. The acquisition of W. Lee Flowers, which distributes to more than 75 grocery stores in the Carolinas and Georgia including 50 stores that it owns and operates, enables Alex Lee to expand its geographic footprint, enhance operations in new markets and offer consumers a greater variety of products at competitive costs.Read More
Acquisition Will Bring Together Two Carolinas-Born, Family-Owned Grocery and Distribution Organizations; Expand Geographic Footprint and Strengthen Buying Power
HICKORY, N.C., Sept. 25, 2019 – Alex Lee, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire W. Lee Flowers & Co., a wholesale and retail grocery company headquartered in Scranton, S.C.. The acquisition of W. Lee Flowers, which distributes to more than 75 grocery stores in the Carolinas and Georgia including 50 stores that it owns and operates, will enable Alex Lee to expand its geographic footprint, enhance operations in new markets and offer consumers a greater variety of products at competitive costs. W. Lee Flowers has sustained its reputation for outstanding customer service, value and convenience for more than four decades, adding another highly-respected company to Alex Lee’s family, along with Merchants Distributors (MDI), Lowes Foods and Souto Foods.Read More
First Lowes Foods to Feature New Seafood Concept— Dockside Fish Market
CAPE CARTERET, N.C. (MAY 16, 2018) – Lowes Foods, a Carolinas-based grocer, will celebrate the grand reopening of its Cape Carteret store located at 321 WB McLean Drive on May 16 with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. The renovated store includes special areas called Lowes Foods Originals, which include Pick & Prep, The Beer Den and The Cakery. The Cape Carteret store is the first Lowes Foods to feature a special area dedicated to fresh seafood called Dockside Fish Market.
“Like all of our Lowes Foods stores, our newly renovated Cape Carteret store is very focused on supporting all things local,” Lowes Foods president Tim Lowe said. “Our commitment to local includes offering produce sourced through our partnerships with more than 200 farmers from the Carolinas and featuring a wide assortment of unique local products found throughout the store.”