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IBM POS and Self-Checkout Systems Featured in New Food Lion Store Concept

SALISBURY, N.C. - Food Lion's new Bloom pilot stores, which feature a new store concept, format, and brand name, will offer advanced IBM point-of-sale and self-checkout systems to help provide the simple, uncomplicated shopping experience designed for the new stores, White Plains, N.Y.-based IBM announced today.

Food Lion, which operates more than 1,200 stores in 11 states, has announced plans to open five pilot stores to test the new store concept. The new stores, scheduled to open by the end of 2004 in the Charlotte, N.C. area, will be called "Bloom, A Food Lion Market." As reported in yesterday's PG Daily News and elsewhere, the first Bloom store opened yesterday.

The new stores will feature IBM 4694 POS systems, which are among the most reliable and popular POS systems being used by retailers around the world. IBM self-checkout systems will give Bloom customers the choice and convenience of self-checkout to speed the checkout process and enhance customer satisfaction.

"Leading retailers around the world are leveraging advanced new store technologies in innovative ways, to enhance the customer shopping experience," said Tom Peterson, g.m. of IBM Retail Store Solutions. "New technologies like self-checkout, wireless devices, kiosks, and other systems can be linked together in powerful ways to give customers the choice, convenience, and personalized service they want. Food Lion, LLC is a leader in using such technology."
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