Lowes Food Stores operates a chain of more than 110 supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Its stores offer traditional supermarket fare, including meat, seafood, deli and bakery departments, in addition to natural foods and supplements. Founded in 1954 as a single store in Wilkesboro, N.C., the company is owned by food distributor Alex Lee. The company s stores also sell groceries, body care products, beer and wines, kitchenware, food bags, paper and plastic products and pet supplies. The company offers recipes, gift cards, reward programs and online shopping options. It supports various nonprofit organizations through donations for eliminating hunger, promoting good nutrition and educating children. The company has more than 8,000 employees and maintains a presence in Oak Ridge, N.C.