Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 106 retail food outlets in Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, but they broke ground yesterday for the largest Food City Store yet! The Food City on Euclid Avenue in Bristol will be moving into a new state-of-the-art 66,000 square foot building in the Spring of 2012. The store is being built across the street from the old, always-crowded store, on the corner of Morrison Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. The Times-News.net had the details of the story.
The new Food City will feature the latest in energy efficient technology, and unlike any other grocery stores in the area, it will be a two-story complex. Besides an 84 seat cafe, there will be a community room that seats 100 where cooking demonstrations will be conducted. Food City is very involved in food education, being featured regularly on a local morning show on WJHL-TV, Daytime Tri-Cities. This community area will also be available for community events.
An expanded product selection awaits Food City shoppers. They can also look forward to never encountering small, crowded aisles or having to step around floor waxers as they work. This new store will have an earth-tone, polished concrete floor that requires no waxing!
It is hoped that customers will also be able to avoid the unsettling and even threatening experience of being panhandled in the parking lot. This has become a real problem when shopping at the current Food City Store. Ironically, the new store is being built on the site of a former enclave for local homeless people referred to as “The Jungle.” It is rumored that the environment within was so rough that the local police did not even want to enter this formerly wooded area that stretched from Euclid Avenue several blocks south toward State Street.
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