Food City breaks ground on downtown grocery store

New store will look a bit different from other Food City locations

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Food City broke ground on a different kind of grocery store for downtown Chattanooga on Thursday.

It will be located at 1375 Broad Street, next to the Chattanoogan and across from the Southern Star Restaurant.

But this store is a bit different from their more suburban groceries.

It is the anchor of a larger retail development of the block.

It also comes with a Starbucks inside and expanded seating areas to encourage dine in customers.

The grocery will also offer delivery to downtown residents.

“We are proud to work with the City of Chattanooga and River City Company to develop this very unique project.  We are confident that this will be a very enjoyable and fun place to dine and shop, as well as a complimentary addition to the neighborhood,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “In addition to great food, we anticipate being able to offer beer and wine in a friend-welcoming atmosphere,” adds Dan Glei, Food City senior vice president of merchandising/marketing.

The store should open in late summer.

“Successful communities offer a complete mix of uses—with jobs, goods, services, and culture accessible within a short walk or bike from home,” says Mayor Tim Kelly. “As Chattanooga continues to grow, this new Food City is a shining example of how quality urban design and land use can make our downtown more livable and connected—and, by bringing fresh healthy food to a neighborhood that needs it, more equitable.”

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