What’s in a name? A reflection of its creator

On this day in 1982: Posing for a publicity shot, Food Town president Tom Smith climbs atop Store No. 1 in Salisbury to watch installation of new letters changing the name of his rapidly growing supermarket chain to Food Lion.

The name has been changed to avoid conflicts with Food Town stores in Tennessee and Virginia. Chairman Ralph Ketner — legendary for his tight-fistedness — chose the new name because it would require changing only two letters on store marquees.

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  1. I grew up in North Carolina and just went back a few years ago. While living there I always went to the Food Lion. I never knew that it used to be called Food Town. Now I know why it is called Food Lion. Great and easy choice on the new name Ralph!

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