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The Man Behind the Lion: Ralph W. Ketner

Ralph W. Ketner, founder and chairman emeritus of Food Lion, Inc., 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

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