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TOUR: Food Lion - Tidewater South, Norfolk, VA

Food Lion Opened: 1998 Previous Tenants:  none Location:  3530 Tidewater Dr, Norfolk, VA Photographed:  December 2019 It's our last Norfolk store tour! We still have about a week of other assorted stores but this is the final store tour. Another smaller Food Lion at just over 30,000 square feet. This one was built in 1998, and has also gotten the latest remodel. The layout more closely resembles Little Creek than Tidewater North , since they're of the same generation, although this one is noticeably smaller. Bakery/deli is to the right when you enter, with produce on the right side wall of the store. Meat/seafood line the back wall, with dairy/frozen on the left. Beer/wine are in the front left corner. The fixtures here are quite nice, and were likely updated after the store opened. Notice the slanted back wall. This store has a triangle taken out of the back right corner because of the street that runs behind it. This is another attractive but unremarkable Food Lion, definit

Snapshot: Food Lion - Bromley, Norfolk, VA

Food Lion Opened: 1983 Previous Tenants:  Colonial Stores (1965-1970s) > Big Star (1970s-1982) Location:  6206 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA Photographed:  January 2020 Another Food Lion, this one at Military and Norview near the Norfolk Airport and just south of a LIDL . This one is an older building, and slightly smaller too at just over 30,000 square feet. Not sure if it's gotten the same renovation the others we've seen have, but I don't see any photos on Google Maps with the newer decor. Looks like they have or had a very attractive version of the older decor , which I like although it's quite different from their newer decor. Speaking of newer decor, let's see that decor in our next Food Lion tomorrow about two miles west!

Snapshot: LIDL - Bromley, Norfolk, VA

LIDL Opened: 2017 Previous Tenants:  none Location:  6440 N Military Hwy, Bromley, Norfolk, VA Photographed:  December 2019 This 38,000 square foot LIDL is one of the earlier format US LIDLs, and the buildings really are quite beautiful. It's also a lot larger than most other discount supermarkets, nearly three times the size of the Save-A-Lot on Little Creek just over a mile north. There's also a Food Lion about a quarter of a mile to the south on Military Hwy, which you can see here . We have another Food Lion to tour tomorrow, so come back to check it out!

Snapshot: ALDI - Bayside, Virginia Beach, VA

ALDI Opened:  2017 Previous Tenants:  unknown Location:  4803 Shore Dr, Bayside, Virginia Beach, VA Photographed:  January 2020 This ALDI is one of several in Virginia Beach, just east of Norfolk, and appears to be in half of a former supermarket with Dollar Tree in the other half, but I haven't confirmed that. It opened in 2017 and is just across from a Kroger . Tomorrow, we're going to jump back across to Norfolk for two stores over on Military Hwy north of downtown in the Bromley section. Come back to check it out!

TOUR: Food Lion - Little Creek, Norfolk, VA

Food Lion Opened: 2000 Previous Tenants:   Woolco > Roses Location:  4253 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA Photographed:  December 2019 I mentioned that when I was in Norfolk with my family, we ended up liking Food Lion quite a bit even though it's a lower-end and generally unremarkable store. Prices were solid and selection was more than good enough, but many of the stores were very boring. This store is by far the nicest Food Lion in the area, at least that I visited, and also the largest at closer to 45,000 than 35,000 square feet. By the way, there was also an A&P in this mall. We enter to bakery/deli in the right front corner, with produce in the rest of the first aisle. Meat and seafood line the back wall, with dairy/frozen on the left and beer/wine in the front left corner. As we see, there's also a larger selection of prepared foods here although again, the deli and bakery were closed for the night. Nice big bakery, and the deli is much more substantial here. We

Look Inside: Save-A-Lot - Little Creek, Norfolk, VA

Save-A-Lot Owner: unknown Opened:  unknown Previous Tenants:  unknown Location:  2314 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA Photographed:  January 2020 About half a mile east of yesterday's Walmart Neighborhood Market is this Save-A-Lot. The 15,000 square foot store has been open since at least 2007, but I don't have much more info on it than that. I stepped inside but didn't have time for more than one quick shot... As we see, this is very much of the older school of Save-A-Lots, and I'm not sure if it's been modernized at all. We'll see some much nicer Save-A-Lots as we travel that are newer or newly renovated. I'm not sure if there was previously another supermarket in this strip mall, but there was one across the street -- which you can see here . Tomorrow we move about half a mile east for our next store here on The Market Report!