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The Man Behind the Lion: Ralph W. Ketner

Ralph W. Ketner, founder and chairman emeritus of Food Lion, Inc., marks his 90th birthday on Sept. 20 and the faculty, staff and students of Catawba College plan to help him celebrate. On his special day, the College will show its appreciation and support for this entrepreneurial man who has helped shape both Catawba College and the Salisbury-Rowan community over a half dozen decades.

VideoIn his own words, Ketner discusses the following:



Family Beginnings


Spreading the Word



How He Got His Own Grocery Business

How You Know You've Made It



The Early Years


A Millionaire, Not a Billionaire



Opening the First Store in Salisbury


Food Town Becomes Food Lion



Survival, Not Success


Price is #1



A Good Idea - All Eggs in One Basket


Delhaize Becomes Part of the Equation



A Strategy in Place


On His Success


Helping Charities, Customers, and Food Lion

Advice to Students