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Updated: Food Lion now accepting competitor's coupons

Posted May 6, 2016

Select Food Lion stores have begun accepting competitor's coupons!

A statement from the Food Lion corporate office indicates: "At Food Lion, we understand the importance of extra savings. Now, in select markets, including the greater Wilmington, Greenville, Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., areas, we will test the acceptance of competitor coupons in conjunction with our current coupon policy. To take advantage of this new policy, customers may present a competitor's coupon to an associate during checkout."

I have requested additional information regarding the new competitor's coupons policy and these were their answers:

Will Food Lion take competitors coupons from grocery stores, drug stores, dollar stores, etc in the area?

Food Lion will accept any coupons from any competitor. Limit one "Dollar-Off-Total-Order" coupon per purchase, per transaction, per person, per day and must meet or exceed purchase requirements. Food Lion will honor only (2) of the competitor coupons of the specified items that are purchased.

Are there any stores/store types that they will not take them from?


Will the stores take printable competitor coupons?

Food Lion does not accept printable coupons.

Can the coupons be for an amount off of a specific product, for a total off your total order or either? (like .50/1 Kraft cheese or $3 off a $30 purchase?)

Yes. These coupons are defined as "item specific," such as $.50 off hair care product or "dollar-off-total-order," such as $10 off $50 purchase.

Considering the increasing grocery competition in the Triangle, including multiple new Publix stores in the next year and the new Wegman's store opening in Cary, this is probably a good move on Food Lion's part.

Do you think that this new policy will encourage you to shop at Food Lion more?


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 7, 2016

    vlynn - that would certainly make a difference!

    rkma23 - Kenly may be included, but I am not sure. They did not have a list of stores available yet. You can give the store a call and they will know. Let us know when you find out.

  • vlynn May 7, 2016

    This new policy will definitely make me think more about picking things up at Food Lion. Now if they would just double coupons (0.99 and under would be fine)! They really would become part of my regular stops.

  • rkma23 May 6, 2016

    Wondering which Raleigh area stores will be included. I typically shop in Kenly, how far out will this go?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 6, 2016

    tightwad - great questions! I am hoping they answer those questions when they respond to my request for additional details. I'll let you know.

  • tightwad May 6, 2016

    I would like to know if they will take the $5 off $25 coupons from Dollar General on Saturdays. Also, does it have to be a store within close proximity of the Food Lion? For example, we're a long way from any Publix, but I wonder if our FL will still take theirs?