Food Lion is an American grocery store company headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina, that operates more than 1,100 supermarkets in 11 Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic states as well as Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia under the Food Lion banner.

With approximately 48,000 employees, Food Lion LLC is the largest subsidiary of Delhaize Group. Delhaize Group is a food retailer headquartered in Belgium which operates in seven countries.

The principal activity of Delhaize Group is the operation of food supermarkets in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Supermarket News ranked Delhaize America No. 10 in the 2007 “Top 75 North American Food Retailers” based on 2006 fiscal year estimated sales of $17.3 billion.

Food Lion was founded in 1957 in Salisbury, North Carolina as Food Town by Wilson Smith, Ralph Ketner, and Brown Ketner. The Food Lion name was adopted in 1983, several years after Belgium-based grocer Delhaize acquired the Food Town company. Source: wikipedia.org