Food Lion job fair set for Friday at K.E. White center


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Elizabeth City Farm Fresh employees and others hoping to land a job with grocery competitor Food Lion will have a chance to make their case next week.

Food Lion plans to hold a job fair for 100 part-time and full-time positions on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m at the K.E. White Center, company spokeswoman Emma Inman said.

While the job fair is being held ostensibly to assist the Farm Fresh employees who currently work at the Elizabeth City store Food Lion is purchasing from Farm Fresh, it’s also open to others, Inman said.

Farm Fresh, in a letter to N.C. Commerce officials on March 14, said the Elizabeth City Farm Fresh employs 86 workers. The letter indicated the company believes Food Lion is going to hire many of the employees but not all of them. 

Inman said the positions Food Lion is looking to fill include cashiers, produce managers, produce associates, meat managers, meat cutters, deli managers and deli associates. The company’s also seeking grocery managers, front end/sales associates, stockers, frozen food and dairy associates, pricing coordinators, specialty merchandisers, customer service managers, quality assurance employees and direct store delivery receivers.

Inman said anyone interested in applying for the jobs is encouraged to attend the job fair and bring a résumé. Interviews will be conducted on site. Potential candidates may also apply online at www.foodlion.com/careers.

The job fair announcement follows the decision by Farm Fresh's Minneapolis-based parent, Supervalu, to sell off 20 Farm Fresh supermarkets it owns in Virginia's Hampton Roads area as well as its lone Farm Fresh store in Elizabeth City.

Ten of the locations will be sold to Cincinnati-based Kroger’s Harris Teeter chain and eight will be sold to Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division. The three other stores, including the one in Elizabeth City, will be sold to Food Lion. The Salisbury-based grocer already operates three supermarkets in Elizabeth City: on Weeksville Road, at the junction of West Ehringhaus Street and Halstead Boulevard, and on North Road Street.