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After greater than 40 years of working a 34,000-square-foot grocery retailer alongside Ringgold Road on the south finish of East Ridge, Food City has moved throughout the road to open a brand new and expanded grocery store that provides a Gas ‘N Go gasoline station, a meals cafe, a credit score union workplace, and a broader providing of produce and grocery gadgets.

At 54,000 sq. ft in measurement, the $12 million store that formally opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday has greater than twice as many staff as the shop it replaces, including almost 100 full-and part-time jobs, Food City President Steve Smith stated.

“It’s exciting to be able to have a bigger store with more variety and selections and to be able to bring a Starbucks cafe, a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union office, and all of the extra food, merchandise and gasoline service options this store now provides,” Smith stated Tuesday evening throughout a ribbon-cutting for the brand new grocery store.

Smith said the grocery chain has been looking for years to replace its store at 3715 Ringgold Road, which was initially a Red Food grocery store that Food City acquired when it purchased the Chattanooga space Bi-Lo shops in 2015. With its added providers, officers count on the brand new retailer will draw buyers from effectively past the town of East Ridge, together with the Brainerd space, Missionary Ridge and elements of North Georgia.

Food City, the area’s greatest grocery chain with 33 supermarkets in its Chattanooga district, constructed the brand new grocery store on a 7-acre tract that previously held a bowling alley. The new location at Ringgold Road and Bales Avenue has a visitors gentle to assist each appeal to extra buyers and enhance retailer entry.

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Food City opens expanded grocery store in East Ridge

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The new East Ridge retailer is certainly one of 4 new supermarkets Food City is planning within the area. Okay-VA-T Food Stores, the Abingdon, Virginia-based mother or father firm of Food City, operates 138 grocery shops in 5 states and can be including new shops in downtown Chattanooga, in Kimball, Tennessee, and in Cartersville, Georgia.

Smith stated work will quickly start on a 50,000-square-foot retailer deliberate on Broad and West thirteenth streets in downtown Chattanooga on the location of the previous Cater Distributing Co., the place flats and different industrial companies are also deliberate.

“We’re going to break ground this fall on that store and, hopefully, have an opening in 2023,” Smith stated. “Because of the complexity of that overall development, it will probably take us nine or 10 months to build as opposed to six months (for most other stores).”

Food City is making ready to open a virtually 60,000-square-foot grocery store in September in Cartersville and can open a retailer in 2023 in Kimball.

The new East Ridge Food City retailer unveiled Tuesday evening contains an in-store bakery and deli providing contemporary baked items, deli meats, cheeses, sizzling meals, a big café seating space, Asian wok, fire, contemporary sushi, hickory smoker, pizza oven, contemporary meals bar providing quite a lot of soup, salad and fruit alternatives, and full-service catering and occasion planning. The new grocery store additionally features a pharmacy, florist store and fast checkout service on six check-out lanes and 7 self-checkouts.

“Our customers are certainly going to enjoy the expanded variety/selection and exciting new conveniences and services,” Daryl Massey, the district supervisor for Food City in Chattanooga, stated throughout Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting.

The new retailer will proceed the identical hours because the grocery store it replaces, opening at 7 a.m. and shutting at 11 p.m.

The retailer additionally contains the fifth department of a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union inside a Food City retailer.

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

The department options one machine for tvfcuLIVE Stream and two interactive teller machines, giving members direct entry to credit score union personnel from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The full-service department presents the identical providers as another credit score union location.

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

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