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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word “open enrollment” sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there’s always a nagging feeling that you’re wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Care Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you’re in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in cityname or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you’re approaching the golden years of your life, it’s important you understand what Medicare is if you don’t already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor’s visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Care Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won’t cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called “PDPs,” these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Care Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Hanahan

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in “gaps” that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Care Insurance Solutions sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Care Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you will be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agency that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Care Insurance Solutions has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in cityname is during the six-month Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Hanahan, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Care Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called “MA Plans” or “Part C,” Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an “all in one” solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Care Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in cityname. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor

Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan’s service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan’s network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

The Senior Care Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.

Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

Latest News in Hanahan

Hanahan Middle School’s first year principal brings new initiatives

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCSC) - Hanahan Middle School is hiring a new, first year principal from within the Berkeley County School District.Kelli Roberson has been with Berkeley County Schools for 20 years, and the district says she starts her first school year as a principal on Monday.Roberson did her student practicum at Hanahan Middle when she was a student at the College of Charleston. So she says her new role as principal is a full circle moment.This year she’s launching “flex time.” she says it’s an ...

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCSC) - Hanahan Middle School is hiring a new, first year principal from within the Berkeley County School District.

Kelli Roberson has been with Berkeley County Schools for 20 years, and the district says she starts her first school year as a principal on Monday.

Roberson did her student practicum at Hanahan Middle when she was a student at the College of Charleston. So she says her new role as principal is a full circle moment.

This year she’s launching “flex time.” she says it’s an allotted amount of time after lunch for intentional and purposeful intervention. This allows teachers to assess where students are in their education, as well as socially and emotionally. Roberson says it also gives teachers time to discuss areas they would like to improve.

The Hanahan Middle School guidance department is also implementing what they call minute meetings, Roberson says. Guidance counselors will meet with every student for at least one minute at the beginning of the year, making sure kids have a one-on-one conversation with a counselor.

“Well, for some of our kids, they haven’t been inside a school building in 18 months. So, it’s just, you know, not only are we going to be thinking about their academics, but we’re having to re-teach the norms of being around people and being connected to others,” Roberson said. “I’m sure they’ve missed that, I think teachers, adults missed it when we were not in a building with one-another, so it’s just a way to continue to build those connections.”

She adds that there are some learning methods that were advanced during the pandemic that they plan to keep in place.

“I think just using technology as a means of, especially when students are out and absent, knowing that we can still provide that instruction when students aren’t present in the building, whatever that reason might be,” Roberson said. “And it’s also just using the tools that are available just to make sure all students have access to notes and any kind of resources they can use to go back and re-learn something or just as a reminder, it’ll help them do the work that they need to do.”

Roberson says there’s a lot of history and community support around Hanahan Middle School which is encouraging for this first-time principal.

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Tropical systems Fred and Grace make way in Gulf, Caribbean; SC could see some rain

Fred regained its tropical storm status in the Gulf of Mexico early Aug. 15 and was making its way to the Florida Panhandle.The storm’s upgrade came as parts of the Caribbean were gearing up for Grace, another system that could head toward the United States later this week.Grace weakened to a tropical depression the evening of Aug. 15, but could restrengthen later Aug. 15 or 16 before hitting land, according to the National Hurricane Center.Neither tropical systems Fred nor Grace were forecast to head toward the Lo...

Fred regained its tropical storm status in the Gulf of Mexico early Aug. 15 and was making its way to the Florida Panhandle.

The storm’s upgrade came as parts of the Caribbean were gearing up for Grace, another system that could head toward the United States later this week.

Grace weakened to a tropical depression the evening of Aug. 15, but could restrengthen later Aug. 15 or 16 before hitting land, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Neither tropical systems Fred nor Grace were forecast to head toward the Lowcountry, according to the Hurricane Center.

The Charleston area was forecast to get 1½ to 2 inches of rain late Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, with 3 inches possible in some areas, according to the National Weather Service’s Charleston Office.

There may also be some scattered showers in the Lowcountry region later this week, according to the weather service.

Fred’s upgrade to a tropical storm came a day after it was predicted to be a tropical wave.

The storm is forecast to move across the Gulf before reaching the western Florida Panhandle Aug. 16 into the morning of Aug. 17, according to the Hurricane Center.

Fred’s maximum sustained winds were reported at 45 mph and moving north-northwest at 10 mph at 4 p.m. Aug. 15, according to the Hurricane Center.

At that time, the eye of the storm was about 235 miles south of Panama City, Fla., the Hurricane Center said.

Between Aug. 15-17, Fred could bring heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in the western Carolinas, according to the Hurricane Center.

Parts of Florida, southern Alabama and portions of Georgia were forecast to receive heavy rainfall and flooding as well. A tropical storm watch was issued from the Alabama and Florida border to Ochlockonee, Florida, in light of Fred’s forecast arrival.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the state’s Panhandle in light of Fred’s pending arrival. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said on Aug. 14 her administration was monitoring the weather and would respond to the storm if needed.

From Aug. 17 onward, heavy rain and possible flooding could extend into portions of the Southeast and into the southern and central Appalachians and Piedmont as Fred interacts with a front in the area, the Hurricane Center said.

Last week, Fred had weakened to a depression when it came over Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It knocked out power to some 400,000 customers and caused flooding that forced officials to shut part of the country’s aqueduct system, interrupting water service for hundreds of thousands of people, according to The Associated Press.

Local officials reported hundreds of people were evacuated and some buildings were damaged, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Grace was forecast to closely follow Fred and make its way through the Caribbean on Aug. 15.

Grace’s maximum sustained winds were reported at 35 mph and moving west-northwest at 15 mph at 5 p.m. that evening, according to the Hurricane Center.

Both systems could potentially lead to some rain in the Charleston area this week but are unlikely to bring severe weather.

Torrents of rain slowly crawled across the North Area on the afternoon of Aug. 15. A flood advisory was put in place by the Weather Service for Charleston, Colleton, Berkeley and Dorchester counties at various points that afternoon.

Up to 4 inches had fallen near the Charleston International Airport, which breaks the record of 3.41 inches that was set in 1971, according to the weather services. Hanahan also received up to 4 inches in rain.

Goose Creek received up to 3.4 inches. North Charleston up to 2.3.

Fred is unlikely to have much of an impact on local weather this week, said Michael Stroz, weather service meteorologist.

“Some of its far-reaching bands may reach this area, which would bring some rain,” Stroz said. “We potentially may not get any rain from Fred, but rather some typical summertime rain from a cold front that is also heading toward our area.”

Grace’s long-range track remains uncertain among forecasters, Stroz said.

“Grace is currently very far south,” Stroz said. “It’s still unclear whether Grace will hit the U.S. Fortunately for us, it looks like we are not going to get much of anything even if it does.”

Rainfall totals around 3 to 6 inches were forecast from Tropical Depression Grace for the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico between Aug. 15 and 17.

Heavy rain and flash floods were expected over portions of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Aug. 15 and parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti later that evening. Grace was forecast to head toward Hispaniola after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake Haiti’s southwestern peninsula on Aug. 14.

Areas impacted by the tropical depression should expect heavy rain, according to the Hurricane Center. Isolated flash floods and mudslides are also possible.

Grace could hit parts of Florida mid-week, though forecasters said its track is still unclear. The Hurricane Center recommends people monitor updates to the system’s forecast as it progresses.

Joye Law Firm Awards $14,000 in Scholarships to Seven High School Seniors in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC, September 08, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Joye Law Firm is pleased to congratulate the winners of the Joye Law College Scholarships as well as our newest scholarship designated for a student attending a Historically Black College or University. Each college-bound student will receive $2,000 to help with education expenses.The scholarship winners were selected based on their creative entry discussing distracted driving laws in South Carolina as well as school activities, positions of leadership, special honors and a...

CHARLESTON, SC, September 08, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Joye Law Firm is pleased to congratulate the winners of the Joye Law College Scholarships as well as our newest scholarship designated for a student attending a Historically Black College or University. Each college-bound student will receive $2,000 to help with education expenses.

The scholarship winners were selected based on their creative entry discussing distracted driving laws in South Carolina as well as school activities, positions of leadership, special honors and awards, community involvement, academic performance, and professional pursuits.

The scholarship winners are:

• Novalee Ortiz who is a graduate of Dreher High School and will be attending the University of South Carolina. • Samuel Eric Tyce III who is a graduate of Hanahan High School and will be attending Clemson University. • Raven Mone’t Richardson who is a graduate of James Island Charter High School. She will be attending Newbery College. • Benjamin James Martin who is a graduate of Stratford High School. He will be attending Clemson University Bridge at Tri-County Technical College. • Makenna Ashley Stone who is a graduate of North Myrtle Beach High School. She will be attending the College of Charleston. • Kinsey Carney who is a graduate of West Ashley High School. She will be attending the University of South Carolina. • Jacoby Johnson, our HBCU scholarship winner, who is a graduate of Burke High School. He will be attending SC State University.

The students also were asked to nominate teachers who had inspired them for special recognition and a $200 gift card.

The recognized teachers are:

• Mrs. Stella McCombs, Stratford High School • Mrs. Katie Mullock, West Ashley High School • Mrs. Catherine Threatt, North Myrtle Beach High School • Mrs. Amanda Cromer, Hanahan High School • Mrs. Andrea Quinn, James Island Charter High School.

Since its inception more than a decade ago, the Joye Law Firm scholarship program has provided dozens of scholarships to college-bound seniors from across South Carolina.

Thanks to our winning students, teachers, and families. We look forward to next year’s scholarship program, which will kick off in 2022.

Leading by Example

To recognize the importance of giving back to the community, Joye Law Firm established Joye in the Community—a year?round program that encompasses the firm’s community and service efforts. The goal of the initiative is to enrich the lives of everyone involved in the program and raise awareness of the needs of those in the Clinton, Charleston, Columbia, Summerville, and Myrtle Beach areas. Visit www.joyeinthecommunity.com to learn more.

About Joye Law Firm

Founded in 1968, Joye Law Firm has been providing quality legal service to the people of South Carolina for more than 50 years. Our firm of accomplished South Carolina injury and disability attorneys offers more than 130 years of combined litigation experience. Visit www.joyelawfirm.com to learn more.

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New titleholders crowned to represent the low country during Miss SC and Miss SC Teen

The Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen competition was held Aug. 28 at Trident Technical College’s college center. At the event, 13 contestants, ranging from ages 13 to 24, competed for the four available titles.After a day of pageantry, Allison Bryant was crowned Miss Summerville 2022, Morgan Elvis was crowned Miss North Charleston 2022, Savannah McAlister was crowned Miss North Charleston Teen 2022 and Madison Hernandez was crowned Miss Summerville Teen 2022.The pageant was a first-time experience for Hern...

The Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen competition was held Aug. 28 at Trident Technical College’s college center. At the event, 13 contestants, ranging from ages 13 to 24, competed for the four available titles.

After a day of pageantry, Allison Bryant was crowned Miss Summerville 2022, Morgan Elvis was crowned Miss North Charleston 2022, Savannah McAlister was crowned Miss North Charleston Teen 2022 and Madison Hernandez was crowned Miss Summerville Teen 2022.

The pageant was a first-time experience for Hernandez, who is a sophomore at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston and works part time at Ash and T’s Formals in Summerville. A major reason she decided to compete was the influence of her manager, who Hernandez says helped encourage her to take the risk.

“I’ve watched pageant girls come in and out of the store, and they always seem to have the brightest smile on their face when they get a new dress or when they talk about all of the times that they’ve competed,” Hernandez said. “I thought, I guess this is my time to try something new.”

Although Bryant had participated in her middle and high school pageants throughout the years, this was also her first time competing in the Miss South Carolina pageant. Bryant, 19, performed an upbeat clogging routine during her talent section.

“I have been clogging for 13 years,” Bryant said, explaining that her own experiences with dance led her to her social impact initiative called “Rhythmic Souls: Promoting Confidence and Self Esteem.” “I felt like as a dancer, I knew that there was a huge need for a rebuild of the dance community because when everything shut down, everyone was turned away from their safe spot. That’s your getaway and your time to be creative, so when people had to go virtual, there was a hard time for a lot of dancers.”

Elvis, 24, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina - Aiken where she studied Victim Advocacy. She is a nationally certified Victim’s Advocate as well as a South Carolina certified Guardian Ad Litem. She uses her platform “HELPP” as a way to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community through trauma-informed training.

McAlister, 16, is currently a junior at Hanahan High School. McAlister, who aspires to be an engineer for a NASCAR team, plans to use her time while crowned to promote her platform “Women are the Future of STEM.” McAlister was also awarded with the Teen Evening Gown and On-Stage Question award and was named the Teen Talent winner.

All four winners will prepare to compete at Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Competition in June 2022.

Lowes Foods plans new entertainment-themed store

Lowes Foods is hatching a new store concept with a food hall-style design and space for customer and community events.The 25,000-square-foot store will occupy a former Earth Fare supermarket space at 14021 Boren St. in Huntersville, N.C., within the Charlotte market area, and feature specialized foodservice, entertainment elements and frictionless shopping, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Lowes said.An opening date has not yet been set. Lowes has opened a hiring center for the Huntersville store plans to fill 100 jobs.On the e...

Lowes Foods is hatching a new store concept with a food hall-style design and space for customer and community events.

The 25,000-square-foot store will occupy a former Earth Fare supermarket space at 14021 Boren St. in Huntersville, N.C., within the Charlotte market area, and feature specialized foodservice, entertainment elements and frictionless shopping, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Lowes said.

An opening date has not yet been set. Lowes has opened a hiring center for the Huntersville store plans to fill 100 jobs.

On the entertainment side, the new store will house a mezzanine area where customers can book events such as birthday parties, book clubs or team celebrations, as well as enjoy a pint of beer or glass of wine while listening to local musicians, according to Lowes. Planned events like floral arranging classes, trivia nights, board game tournaments, and beer and wine tastings also will be held in the mezzanine space.

Foodservice in the Huntersville Lowes Foods will offer made-to-order, ready-to-eat, heat-and-eat and grab-and-go options in a food hall presentation, with an in-store chef overseeing the culinary experience, the grocer said.

“We are particularly excited about the concept for our new Huntersville store. It’s been described as our small format but, in reality, it’s so much more,” Lowes Foods President Tim Lowe said in a statement. “It has been in the planning and design stages for some time and will be the first of its kind that will have a focus on entertainment while at the same time offering a seamless shopping experience.”

Prepared food and beverages shops, from the Lowes Foods Originals brand roster, will include the following:

• The Chicken Kitchen, serving “all things chicken,” such as rotisserie chicken, fried chicken, chicken wings, chicken pot pies, chicken tenders, chicken salad and Cock-a-Doodle Noodle soup. Lowes said all items use fresh, locally sourced chicken that is antibiotics-free.

• The Smokehouse, offering a daily rotation of wood-smoked meats like beef, pork chicken and salmon. The meat is smoked using variety of woods to infuse flavor, according to Lowes. Items can be purchased ready to eat or brought home and heated up.

• The Beer Den, featuring a selection of draft and craft beer that shoppers can drink in-store or take home in a growler (bottle) or crowler (can). The space also will showcase seasonal beer offerings and feature special events and “tap takeovers.”

• Pick & Prep, where shoppers can get fresh-cut packaged, grab-and-go fruit and vegetables throughout the day. Customers also can request custom cuts, as Pick & Prep chefs will slice, dice, mince or cube produce while they shop.

• Sammy’s, a day-round destination serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, such as sandwiches and salads. Shoppers can have items custom-made using Boar’s Head meat and cheese, Smokehouse pulled pork, or Pick & Prep fruit and vegetables. Customers can eat their food in-store or take it home or back to work, Lowes noted.

• The Cakery, a fresh bakery offering “Scrumptiouslyumptiously” square cakes in a range sizes, topped with icing made fresh in-store with real cream and butter, the retailer said.

• The Boxcar Coffee & Chocolate Co., a cafe with an in-store roaster that offers Boxcar-brand coffee and other hot beverages plus store-made chocolate barks.

• SausageWorks, serving up house-made pork, beef and poultry sausages in an array of flavors and combinations.

• Bread Crumb, a fresh-baked bread station with everything from traditional sourdough breads and baguettes to sweet breads and savory focaccias, according to Lowes.

• Divine Cut, offering Certified Angus Beef served by high-end steak houses, the grocer said. Shoppers can choose from a selection of dry-aged steaks and have them custom-cut.

Lowes said the Huntersville store will offer frictionless shopping, enabling customers to order and pay for meals, beverages, dessert or other foods at each touchpoint. For example, if a shopper orders coffee from the Boxcar, a breakfast sandwich from Sammy’s and fresh fruit from Pick & Prep, the items are prepared and gathered for the shopper. Customers also will be able to order everything online for in-store or curbside pickup.

“We’ve been successful at our other stores in the Carolinas for several years by helping bring community back to the table in a variety of ways. This store is the next step in the Lowes Foods brand transformation from typical supermarket to differentiated store to now a community hub,” Lowe explained. “The Huntersville store is designed to serve a variety of needs for our guests. It will be the place for a morning coffee, family dinner on the go, beer with a friend or picking up groceries curbside.”

A subsidiary of grocery distributor Alex Lee, Lowes Foods operates 80 full-service supermarkets in North and South Carolina. Last week, Lowes opened a new 49,000-square-foot store in Hanahan, S.C., and the company plans to open a 47,000-square-foot location in West Ashley, S.C., on Aug. 12. Both are converted Bi-Lo supermarkets acquired from Southeastern Grocers.

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