On the left, two photos of a local fixture: the train at Bi-Lo. Stanley loves trains: another model train rolls overhead in the Woodshed restaurant. The old depot is now a hot dog restaurant (TJ's Hot Dog Shack), and one of the local churches operates out of a former bank--Depot Church.
At right, Barry Frady holds ribbon as then-mayor Frank Guida cuts the ribbon for a Grand Reopening after the Stanley Bi-Lo was remodeled in 2012.
(Lincoln Herald File Photos)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we get it wrong. Everybody does. We're careful to get our information from reliable sources, and when possible, we tell our readers those sources.
In August of last year, we published a business news article in which we got it wrong--but our information may just have been premature. We reported in August: "On the grocery scene, we reported some time ago that Food Lion has bought many Bi-Lo locations including the one in Lincolnton. It will be changing over to a Food Lion by the end of the year. We can't 'officially' confirm it, but reliable sources tell us the Bi-Lo in Stanley will be closing by year's end. Lowe's Foods, which has stores in Hickory, will (we were told) be moving into that location."
Of course, the Lincolnton Bi-Lo didn't close in 2020, and the changeover to Food Lion didn't occur by year's end; but it's coming. The Stanley Bi-Lo didn't close yet, but we know now that their last day will be April 11th. Lowe's Foods won't confirm the other part of that rumor, which was widespread in the supermarket industry. So we can't positively say they're coming to Stanley.
Adding to the evidence that the rumor may have some validity is that the former manager of the Stanley Food Lion, Barry Frady, who retired last year, has been doing some work with Lowe's Foods in other locations. Before going with Food Lion, Frady worked with Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, as a store manager, Loss Prevention expert, and HR Director. He lives in Stanley.
There is little doubt that someone will take over that Bi-Lo Stanley location. The Food Lion there just can't handle all the business in the town as a sole grocer.
In Lincolnton, we still can't get any indication from Food Lion that they'll do something with their Boger City location. We've questioned in phone conversations with their home offices in Salisbury whether they believe they can have two successful Lincolnton stores. Bi-Lo tried, unsuccessfully, to operate two locations in Lincolnton. They closed the one on N. Generals Blvd. in 2018.
A couple of other departures: we understand that Carter Bank will be closing its Lincolnton location. We have no official word yet, but a bank employee indicated it's coming. Lincolnton Pawn Shop, 2498 E. Main St., will be shutting down March 31st after 30 years in business. We haven't reported it, but surely everyone knows by now that Graffiti's closed. Harvest Moon Grille across from the Post Office closed some time ago. The folks at Burton Farms are putting a new restaurant there: Vittles will open sometime in March. Zhay's Bar & Grill closed on the north side, but they're serving up food at Leo's in the Carolina Shopping Center in Boger City. Aspen Grill & Burgers opened their new location next door to the drive-in some time ago...and we understand that work is continuing on the future opening of Local Roots at the corner of E. Water St. & the Courtsquare.
When Larry Dellinger started the Lincoln Herald in 2012, he knew the world had changed. He had spent over half a century in the newspaper business. He knew that the future of news reporting would be on the internet. By 2020, the number of US adults who said they got most of their local news from the internet exceeded the number who said from tv--and was almost double those who said from print newspapers.
The Lincoln Herald has been providing local news FREE online since 2012. We continue to grow every year. We post links to all our articles on Facebook, where we have over 13,000 followers, and on Twitter; and many readers have signed up for our FREE daily email service and get an email every day with links to the articles we've posted since the previous day's email. During 2020, we averaged reaching over 23,000 readers every month.