Story by Jerry Hale
Photography courtesy of Food Lion
2010, Smith Mountain Lake-area shoppers will have a new alternative for picking
up the provisions needed to feed their families and hungry visitors.
A new Food
Lion, being built along Virginia
122 near the intersection with Hendricks
Store Road, is slated to open in late March.
store will include "an expanded selection of fresh, quality produce, meats
and deli/bakery products, as well as a pharmacy with a drive-through
window," said Jennifer Speck, Food Lion corporate spokesperson.
service features such as Western Union, Blue
Rhino propane tank exchange, Rug Doctor rentals, ATM and a Coinstar machine
will be available, she said.
adjoining 13,000 square feet of space is being built to house a prospective
restaurant and several retail stores.
a matter of time," said Bill Berry of Westlake's Phillips Development, which owns
the 33-acre Moneta Commons property that surrounds the realigned intersection
of Rt. 122, Hendricks Store Road
and Diamond Hill Road.
"Development is slow now, but it will come back. I've seen dips like this
three times before. What draws people to SmithMountainLake has not
Berry said Food Lion
conducted an extensive market study before deciding to build a new store in
national chain, it is a strong anchor," he said. "The neighboring
sites are ideal for fast food, convenience stores, gas and other shops."
Berry also credited Bedford County Administrator Kathleen
Guzi, Chief of Planning Mary Zirkle, retired Director of Economic Development
Sue Montgomery and Debbie Shinstine, the Virginia Department of
Transportation's residency administrator for BedfordCounty,
for being instrumental in the project.
Lion wanted the new store open in time for the start of the 2010 season,"
he said. "That team did what had to be done to make it
Food Lion at Westlake
will remain open, said store manager Jason Carter. Added Speck: "Food Lion
routinely evaluates its stores as part of an ongoing effort to serve our
customers. We feel that we can best serve customers in the Westlake area bycontinuing to provide a location where they
can get their everyday grocery needs."