Food City opens expanded supermarket in East Ridge

After more than 40 years of operating a 34,000 square foot grocery store along Ringgold Road at the south end of East Ridge, Food City has moved across the street to open a new supermarket expanded which adds a Gas ‘N Go gas station, food cafe, credit union office, and a wider offering of produce and groceries.

At 54,000 square feet, the $12 million store that officially opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday has more than twice as many employees as the store it replaces, adding nearly 100 full-time jobs full and part-time, said Food City President Steve Smith.

“It’s exciting to be able to have a larger store with more variety and selections and to be able to bring in Starbucks coffee, a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union office, and all of the additional food, merchandise, and service options. essence that this store now offers,” Smith said Tuesday night at the grand opening of the new supermarket.

Smith said the grocery chain had been looking for years to replace its store at 3715 Ringgold Road, which was originally a Red Food supermarket which Food City acquired when buying the area’s Bi-Lo stores of Chattanooga in 2015. With its additional services, officials expect the new store will attract shoppers far beyond the city of East Ridge, including the Brainerd area, Missionary Ridge and parts of Georgia du North.

Food City, the region’s largest grocery chain with 33 supermarkets in its Chattanooga district, built the new supermarket on a 7-acre lot that once housed a bowling alley. The new location at Ringgold Road and Bales Avenue has a traffic light to help both attract more customers and improve access to stores.

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Food City opens expanded supermarket in East Ridge

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The new East Ridge store is one of four new supermarkets Food City is planning for the area. K-VA-T Food Stores, Food City’s parent company based in Abingdon, Va., operates 138 grocery stores in five states and is also adding new stores in downtown Chattanooga, Kimball, TN, and Cartersville, in Georgia.

Smith said work will soon begin on a planned 50,000-square-foot store on Broad and West 13th Streets in downtown Chattanooga on the site of the former Cater Distributing Co., where apartments and other businesses commercial are also planned.

“We’re going to launch this store this fall and hopefully have a 2023 opening,” Smith said. “Due to the complexity of this overall development, it will likely take us nine or 10 months to build, compared to six months (for most other stores).”

Food City is preparing to open a nearly 60,000 square foot supermarket in September in Cartersville and will open a store in 2023 in Kimball.

The new East Ridge Food City store unveiled Tuesday evening features an in-store bakery and deli offering fresh baked goods, deli meats, cheeses, hot meals, a large coffee lounge area, Asian wok, fireplace, fresh sushi, hickory smoker, pizza oven, fresh produce bar offering a variety of soup, salad and fruit selections, as well as full service catering and event planning. The new supermarket also includes a pharmacy, a florist and a quick checkout service on six checkout lines and seven self-service checkouts.

“Our customers are sure to benefit from the expanded variety/selection and exciting new amenities and services,” said Daryl Massey, district manager for Food City in Chattanooga, at Tuesday’s grand opening.

The new store will continue the same hours as the supermarket it replaces, opening at 7am and closing at 11pm.

The store also features the fifth branch of a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union inside a Food City store.

“One of our biggest priorities as a credit union is to provide members with an accessible, convenient and enjoyable experience,” Todd Fortner, president and CEO of the credit union, said in an announcement. of the new location. “This new branch will enhance our services in East Ridge and surrounding areas while providing a great opportunity to reach new people.”

The branch includes a device for tvfcuLIVE Stream and two interactive ATMs, giving members direct access to credit union staff from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The full-service branch offers the same services as any other credit union.

Contact Dave Flessner at [email protected] or 423-757-6340. Follow on Twitter at @dflessner1.

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