Food City breaks ground for new store in Alcoa

Betsi JamesBlount, Our Town Eats

On March 4, company officials broke ground on the new Food City, located at 1388 Tesla Blvd. in Alcoa. The 54,000-square-foot supermarket, which will serve as a replacement for the existing location, is expected to open early fall.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to construct a new state-of-the-art Food City to serve our loyal customers,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “They can expect to find the same smiling faces, top quality products and low prices they have come to expect from Food City, along with some great new services and conveniences.”

The new store will include an in-store bakery/deli, complete with a hot food bar, large 40+ café seating area, fresh sushi, fireplace, Wok/Asian hot food bar, 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 offer pre-marinated and seasoned oven-ready products, plus a complete selection of top-quality meats that are all-natural with no solutions added, including Certified Angus Beef. In-house meat cutters hand cut steaks and fresh meat to order.

Expanded grocery and produce departments offer a complete selection of gourmet, international and specialty items. The Food City Floral Boutique is staffed with a designer seven days per week, offering a full assortment of fresh-cut floral arrangements, bouquets, gift items and more.

Rapid checkout is provided by six check-out lanes and seven self-checkouts. For added convenience, the store includes a Food City Pharmacy, equipped with a private consultation room and drive-thru window, Food City Gas n’ Go with large 5-pump station, GoCart curbside pick-up and home delivery, for customers who wish to shop on-line.

The location also features a 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.

Several award-winning energy saving concepts are also included, ranging from energy efficient glass cooler doors, parking lot lights and refrigeration systems to motion sensors and 100% LED lighting, as well as an open rafter ceiling design.

“Our customers will enjoy the expanded variety/selection and exciting new conveniences and services the new store will offer,” says district manager Barry Brogan.

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Food City continues to hire for full- or part-time jobs, entry-level or skilled positions. Interested candidates can apply online at or visit any Food City store to complete an application.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.

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