Food City expands again

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Food City officials broke ground Sept. 22 for a new 58,800-square-foot store coming to

Albertville, Alabama. Food City will anchor the Albertville Marketplace, being built by Chattanooga-based real estate development company Hutton.

According to the Chattanooga Free Press, Hutton is redeveloping a closed Kmart site. The public-private partnership started when the city council purchased the former Kmart site and met with 15 different developers to hear their ideas for Albertville to create more jobs and increase sales tax revenue.

Hutton later bought the site and recruited Food City to the development.

Food City will offer a wide variety of services and conveniences, ranging from an in-store bakery/deli, complete with hot food and café seating areas, to a floral boutique. The store will also provide full-service meat and seafood departments that offer top-quality meats pre-marinated, a pharmacy and a Gas N’ Go fuel station.

Steven Smith, Food City president and CEO, estimated the store will bring 180 jobs to Albertsville. “We give some people their first job and some their last job,” he said, referring to the company’s policy of offering part-time work to students and now, to retirees. The store is scheduled to open next spring.

Food City in Rhea County has donated $2,000 in gift cards to two groups. Pictured here are Alton Steen, representing Wee Care, and Food City store manager Brian Hemminger.

Seasonal flu vaccine protects 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 list of immunizing locations. Other vaccines, including pneumonia and shingles shots, will be available as well. Please consult your local Food City Pharmacy or visit for details.

School Bucks Challenge: Food City has pledged $700,000 in contributions for this school year. The money will be divided among schools based on reward points. For every $1 you spend, using your Food City ValuCard, you’ll receive one point. But you’ve got to register. Visit to link your ValuCard to your preferred school.

MDBox: Patients and their families can save time and money and get the care they need from the comfort of their own home – any time of the day or night. Food City customers will receive $10 off their first MDBox visit. Info at or

Food City ad effective Friday and Saturday (10/2-3) is here: Food City_10.2 Knox ROP

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


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