Food City boosts Anderson County Chamber building

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce is building a new headquarters and Food City has contributed to the building fund.

The 7,700-square-foot building will be located at North Main and North Hicks Streets in Clinton, blocks from the Chamber’s current location. Its state-of-the-art facilities and technology will include a diversified room for Chamber board meetings and coffees, as well as for meetings, videoconferencing and training by community organizations and Chamber members.

The building will be the first the Chamber has owned since the organization was formed 90 years ago, said Rick Meredith, president and chief executive officer.

The Chamber has rented offices and meeting space during that time, but now looks forward to having expanded event and meeting space.

Food City recently presented a $15,000 contribution to the $1 million “Building a Better Future” campaign.

“Food City is proud to be a longtime member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. We are excited to support their capital campaign, which will enable the Chamber to continue to grow and provide additional services to the community well into the future,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.

The supermarket chain has stores located in Clinton, Oak Ridge and Oliver Springs in Anderson County and currently operates 152 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, north Georgia and Alabama.

“Thanks to Food City’s support, we are moving closer to our goal for our new building. We appreciate this significant contribution and the support Food City has provided the Chamber for many years,” Meredith said.

The Anderson County Chamber Foundation Inc., formed last December, is leading the fundraising campaign. The non-profit Foundation welcomes contributions from Chamber members and the community at large to support the new multi-purpose building.

To learn more about the Anderson County Chamber Foundation, the new building and the fund drive, visit the Foundation website at

Race Against Hunger: Since 1992, Food City – in partnership with its customers – has conducted the annual Race Against Hunger campaign to raise funds for local non-profit hunger relief organizations.

This year’s promotion runs through November. Last year’s promotion raised over a half million dollars.

Vaccines available: Food City Pharmacy locations are once again providing the flu vaccine this immunization season. Seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against the most common strains of influenza. Vaccinations are available on a walk-up basis at Food City immunizing pharmacies and will continue throughout flu season, based upon vaccine availability. Visit for a complete list of immunizing locations.

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


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