SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here has been able to increase its sales of high-margin, "convenience store-type" items, such as cigarettes, by switching many of its stores to a 24-hour operation. "Our very late night shoppers are buying many items that they might have purchased in a convenience store in the past, like chips, snacks, candy, chilled drinks and packages of cigarettes," Chris Ahearn, corporate communications director at Food Lion, told SN. Though Food Lion declined to say how ...

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