ABINGDON, VA – On Wednesday, company officials announced plans to construct two new Food City locations in the Chattanooga market area. The first location includes a 53,000 sq. ft. supermarket at the intersection of Broad Street and W 13th Street in downtown Chattanooga and is expected to open by Spring of 2023.
Food City’s second location, a 54,000-square-foot supermarket and Gas n’ Go fuel center will be located at the intersection of Ringgold Road and Bales Ave. in East Ridge, TN. The new store will replace the company’s existing location across the street and is expected to open early Summer of 2022.
The East Ridge store will include an in-store bakery and deli offering fresh baked goods, deli meats, cheeses, hot foods, large café seating area, fireplace, fresh sushi, hickory smoker, pizza oven, fresh food bar offering a variety of soup, salad and fruit selections, and full-service catering and event planning. Full-service meat and seafood departments will offer pre-marinated/seasoned oven ready products, a complete selection of top-quality meats, including Certified Angus Beef. In-house meat cutters will be available to hand cut steaks and fresh meat to order. Expanded grocery, frozen food, and produce departments will go well beyond the normal fare with a huge selection of gourmet, international, and specialty items.
The Food City Floral Boutique will be staffed with a designer seven days per week, offering a full assortment of fresh-cut floral arrangements, bouquets, gift items, and more. Rapid checkout service will be provided by six check-out lanes and seven self-checkouts.
The location will also feature a Food City Pharmacy, equipped with a private consultation room and walk-up outdoor pick-up window, Food City Gas N’ Go including diesel fuel, GoCart curbside pick-up, Starbucks café, offering a wide assortment of blended hot and cold coffees and beverages, as well as an assortment of tasty breakfast sandwiches and pastries, and a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) in-store branch bank location. Several award-winning energy saving concepts will also be included, ranging from energy efficient glass cooler doors, parking lot lights, and refrigeration systems to motion sensors, 100% LED lighting, and open rafter ceilings.
“We’re extremely proud to partner with the City of East Ridge to convert a somewhat blighted piece of property in the Border Region District into a modern state-of-the-art supermarket and we’re hopeful that the project will serve as a catalyst to promote other development in the area as well,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
Officials with the city believe the amount of added services the new store plans to offer will draw shoppers from well beyond the East Ridge area, including the Brainerd area, Missionary Ridge, and parts of North Georgia.
“We are extremely excited for the construction of a new Food City and Gas N’ Go,” said East Ridge Mayor Brian Williams. “It has been a pleasure working with Food City regarding this new development. The additional services, products, and jobs the new store will provide to our area is incredible. We have been diligently working to attract and recruit new development in this area.
“I too, believe this modern state-of-the-art Food City supermarket will be a catalyst for additional new development on the West end of East Ridge. We thank Food City for their continued belief and support in East Ridge.”
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 137 retail supermarkets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, north Georgia, and Alabama.