Tim Lowe transforming Lowes Foods


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tim Lowe is at the helm of a company based in Winston-Salem that’s turning grocery shopping into something you’ve never seen or “experienced before.” Lowe (no relation to the company’s founders) is the president of Lowes Foods, the grocery store chain that traces its humble beginnings to Wilkes County in the early 1950s.

Today, Lowes Foods consists of nearly 100 stores in Virginia and the Carolinas. Lowe has a comprehensive retail background. He started out as a licensed pharmacist, but would later work for retail giants Circuit City, Best Buy and Wal-Mart, among others. Lowes Foods hired him last year to re-launch the company.

“They were interested in finding out how do we do something different within the organization to keep us relevant and on the forefront of moving forward,” he says.

The transformation includes a big new emphasis on local products. “We have over…

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