New Food City supermarket opens in East Ridge

Town, Food City officials excited for further development in city

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF) — “It’s a great day for East Ridge.”

That was the message from Mayor Brian Williams who believes a new Food City will soon lead to even more new developments.

Food City President and CEO Steve Smith says East Ridge was spared no expense with its brand-new grocery store.

It spans 5,400 square feet and has created nearly 200 new jobs.

In Mayor Brian William’s eyes, the building could also serve as a draw for further businesses to settle in.

“This beautiful supermarket will act as a catalyst to promote other development in this area, as well as the west end of East Ridge,” Williams said. “This legislation provides the city of East Ridge the ability to offer incentives for developments within our city.”

The potential for growth in town isn’t lost on store manager Bill Abline, either, who mirrored Williams’ remarks.

He believes as developments continue near Interstates 24 and 75 off Ringgold Road, the community will only benefit.

“When I came to East Ridge over a year ago, there was an abandoned bowling alley here,” Abline said. “To see the vision that the Smith family had for it is really great. It’s just going to bring more and more businesses to the area, to this end of East Ridge and really to the community.”

The new Food City also holds an in-house Starbucks and TVFCU, creating more local jobs.

It will also feature local produce, fresh sushi made daily, and stations for wok cuisine, smoked meat and pizza.

As East Ridge grows, Smith is excited to see the new building grow with it.

“We wanted to build a new store here for the people of East Ridge and really for the people in Hamilton County and even over into Georgia,” Smith said. “It’ll serve a big area here.”

Like the community it serves, Food City continues to grow, as well.

There are currently plans to build another Broad Street location in Chattanooga, as well as future stores in Cartersville, Georgia, and Kimball, Tennessee.

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