February 13, 2015
​L-R: Mayor Rhoden, Watermelon Festival representative Nancy Meyer, Relay for Life representative Catherine Whittington, BI-LO Store Director Karl Hunsinger, BI-LO District Director Mark Holiday.

On Feb. 7, the community flocked to BI-LO store No. 5712 in Hampton, South Carolina to kick off the weekend with fun. The store that recently underwent a remodel reached out to community organizations, schools and more to invite the community to enjoy the new store and have some fun.

The remodeled store boasts a new produce department, new deli department and a new pharmacy. The store officially re-grand opened on Dec. 10, 2014, when customers were first introduced to the expanded deli that features a hot bar with breakfast; a flaming rotisserie; wing bar; an expanded produce department featuring Walter’s produce, as well a larger selection of fresh offerings; and a new cheese department.

“Our customers are really enjoying the enhancements that were made to the store,” stated Karl Hunsinger, BI-LO store director. “Customers constantly comment on how beautiful the store is and how much they enjoy shopping here.”

To celebrate, the store held a customer appreciation day to thank customers for their support during and after the construction. Outside the store, customers were invited to try their luck on the prize wheel for their chance to win mystery gift cards, BI-LO totes, flashlights, koozies and more. Customers of all ages also lined up to try a Dietz & Watson hotdog off the grill and fresh Reid’s chicken cooked by Reid Boylston. Customers were surprised to see Reid at the event and really enjoyed the opportunity to meet him.

The event also featured the Coke Connection van that allowed children the opportunity to play Xbox and dance to music in the parking lot. There was also a bounce house for children and a face painter, both of which drew children and adults throughout the event.

At noon, the store held a check presentation inside, offering checks to Relay for Life Hampton County for $1,000 and to the Hampton Watermelon Festival for $2,500, as both organizations have significant impact on the local Hampton community. “Both organizations are great partners of ours and provide a lot to the town of Hampton, and we wanted to recognize them for their efforts,” stated Hunsinger.

The event was well attended with over 500 community members, and the store continued to have fun with mystery gift cards giveaways in different areas of the store throughout the afternoon as customers enjoyed live music by a local musician.

“The event was a huge success for our store and I think everyone who attended had a lot of fun,” Hunsinger concluded.

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