Delhaize America and Food Lion have reopened their distribution center in Dunn NC. The facility was severely damaged April 16, 2011 by a tornado, and the company recently completed construction and expansion activities at the center.

“The reopening of this facility is extremely important to our company’s distribution and transportation network, and its support of Food Lion stores in North Carolina,” said Mark Doiron, chief supply officer for Delhaize America. “We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our associates and the Dunn community for their unwavering support throughout this process.”

The Dunn distribution center services 270 Food Lion stores in North Carolina. With the reopening, this facility includes an expanded refrigerated and frozen section with an additional 54,000 square feet that provides storage for more than 4,000 dairy, meat, and frozen food products. On average, the distribution facility ships more than 1.4 million cases of products each week and houses 12,800 items.

The distribution center in Dunn first opened in 1988. It has more than 700 employees and has approximately 1.3 million square feet of space.

With more than 1,600 stores in 16 states in the eastern United States, Delhaize America operates under the banners Bottom Dollar Food, Food Lion, Harveys, Hannaford Supermarkets, Reid’s, and Sweetbay. The company employs about 107,000 full- and part-time workers.

Based in Salisbury NC, Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, the US division of Brussels, Belgium-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG), and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets. The company has about 57,000 employees in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.