TKC commenced construction on the new Food City store located at 1375 Broad Street in downtown Chattanooga. The retail supermarket will span over 53,300 square feet and is expected to open its doors in the late summer.
Steven C. Smith, Food City's president and CEO believes the store will become a delightful and enjoyable destination for dining and shopping, making a valuable addition to the neighborhood.
Dan Glei, Food City's senior vice president of merchandising/marketing, shared their plans to create a friend-welcoming atmosphere where patrons can not only find great food but also enjoy beer and wine.
The downtown Chattanooga store will offer an array of amenities, including an in-store bakery and deli with fresh baked goods, deli meats, cheeses, hot foods, and even a hickory smoker and brick pizza oven. Additional highlights include an Asian wok and hot food bar, a fresh food bar with soup, salad, and fruit selections, as well as a beer and wine tap and a spacious seating area with over 115 seats, including a sunroom and a large outdoor patio.
The food court will provide a restaurant-quality experience throughout the day, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The store will boast full-service meat and seafood departments with pre-marinated/seasoned oven-ready products and a wide selection of high-quality meats, including Certified Angus Beef. Customers can also avail themselves of the services of in-house meat cutters who will hand cut steaks and fresh meat to order. The grocery, frozen food, and produce departments will go above and beyond the norm with an extensive range of specialty, gourmet, and vegan items.
To enhance convenience for customers, the store will also offer GoCart curbside pick-up and home delivery services for online shopping. Moreover, the company has incorporated various award-winning energy-saving concepts, including energy-efficient glass cooler doors, LED lighting, motion sensors, and eco-friendly refrigeration systems.
Mayor Tim Kelly praised the project for contributing to a vibrant community where residents can access jobs, goods, services, and cultural amenities within a short walk or bike ride from their homes. The new Food City is seen as an exemplar of quality urban design and land use, promoting a livable and connected downtown and providing access to fresh and healthy food for all.
To align with downtown Chattanooga's Form Based Code requirements, the mixed-use project anchored by Food City will include around 16,000 sq. ft. of two-level retail and office space along Broad Street, along with six two-story townhouses along W. 13th Street.