ABINGDON, VA (Tuesday, August 30, 2011) – Ground breaking ceremonies took place earlier today for the new Food City currently under construction at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Morrison Blvd. in Bristol, VA. The 66,000+ square foot unit will replace the existing Euclid Avenue store and is expected to be complete by the Spring of 2012. The new supermarket will be the largest ever constructed by the company. Food City currently operates five Bristol locations.
“The residents of Bristol and the surrounding region have been extremely supportive of Food City and as the area continues to grow and expand, we are thrilled to add another state-of-the-art location to serve the community,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.”
The new store will include a unique second story, complete with a full demonstration kitchen (similar to that of the Eastman Road location in Kingsport, TN), along with a 100+ seating capacity Community Room, which will be made available to area civic groups in need of meeting facilities or for bridal showers, birth day celebrations, etc.
The location will also feature a bakery/deli, complete with hot food bar and large 84 seat café; Food City Floral Boutique, staffed with a floral designer seven days per week and offering a full assortment of fresh-cut floral arrangements, bouquets, gift items and more; full service seafood and meat departments, stocked with a wide variety of pre-marinated and seasoned oven ready products and a complete selection of top quality meats that are all-natural with no solutions added, including Certified Angus Beef; in-house meat cutters to hand cut steaks and fresh meat to order; expanded grocery, frozen food, produce and health & beauty care departments; and rapid checkout service provided by nine traditional check out lanes, one express lane and six self check-outs. The location also features the added convenience of a Food City Pharmacy, equipped with a drive-thru for greater ease in prescription services and Food City Gas N’ Go with a large five pump station.
Several new energy saving concepts are also planned for the store, including energy efficient glass cooler doors, parking lot lights and refrigeration systems, the use of motion sensors, LED lighting and a new a skylight system that automatically dims the lights based upon the level of natural lighting for maximum energy efficiency. The interior décor package will also feature new ECO friendly polished concrete floors that require no waxing.
“Our customers can expect to find the same smiling faces, top quality products and competitive pricing they have come to expect from Food City, housed in our most energy efficient model and latest floor plan design,” says Smith.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 106 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.