ABINGDON, Va. — Food City broke ground Tuesday on what will become its largest grocery store to date.
The new 66,000-square-foot store is now being constructed at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Morrison Boulevard in Bristol, Va. It will replace the existing Euclid Avenue Food City and is expected to be complete by the spring of 2012.
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 second story complete with a full demonstration kitchen, similar to the Eastman Road location in Kingsport, along with a 100-plus seating capacity Community Room, which will be made available to area civic groups in need of meeting facilities or for bridal showers, birthday celebrations, and more.
The location will also feature a bakery/deli with hot food bar and 84-seat café; Food City Floral Boutique staffed with a floral designer seven days a 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 variety of pre-marinated and seasoned oven-ready products and a complete selection of meats, along with 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 a Food City Pharmacy and Food City Gas N’ Go with a 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 on the level of natural lighting for maximum energy efficiency. The interior décor package will also feature new Earth 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,” said Smith.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 106 retail food outlets in Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.