Officials finally put a name to the location for the mysterious “regional grocer” that the Industrial Development Board has been hinting will be moving into a portion of the former Walmart building near the intersection of U.S. 11E (the Andrew Johnson Highway) and Tennessee Rt. 107.
Food City is expected to open its third Greeneville store early in 2013, according to to a news release.
“We have acquired an existing retail space on Highway 11E, which we plan to completely renovate to accommodate our new state-of-the-art floor plan,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
“The new location will provide a number of exciting new services and features for our loyal customers in the Greeneville area,” Smith said in a news release.
The location will include a bakery/deli, complete with hot food bar and seat café; Food City Floral Boutique, staffed with a floral designer seven days per week; full service seafood and meat departments, stocked with a wide variety of pre-marinated and seasoned oven-ready products and a complete selection of top quality meats; in-house meat cutters to hand-cut steaks and fresh meat to order; deluxe salad bar, expanded grocery, frozen food, produce and health and beauty care departments; and rapid checkout service provided by seven traditional checkout lanes, one express lane and four self-checkouts.
The store will offer a Food City Pharmacy, equipped with a drive-thru and a Food City Gas N’ Go gas station.
The new location will also feature several award winning energy saving concepts, ranging from energy efficient glass cooler doors, parking lot lights and refrigeration systems to motion sensors and LED lighting, a news release said.
Current Food City stores are located on Snapps Ferry Road and Tennessee Rt. 70 (the Asheville Highway).
In addition to general food items, the new store will include a bakery and a pharmacy and will occupy a total of at least 49,800 square-feet, according to the Industrial Development Board’s Economic Impact Plan.
The regional grocer is a portion of the K-VA-T supermarket chain that gets its name from its operations in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.
According to the Food City website, the grocer’s “banner dates back to 1918, when a store opened in Greeneville, TN.”
Tim Kuykendall, vice president of Appalachia Design Services Incorporated, made the announcement during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Greeneville Regional Planning Commission.
Kuykendall requested that 1.26 acres of the 14.91-acre property be split off for an outparcel for future commercial development due to the “crazy excessive” area for parking that can accommodate such additions.
Approving this split would also require the commission to approve a motion for the separate lot leading into the parking area between Ryan’s Family Steakhouse and Waffle House to serve as an easement to the properties.
First Tennessee Development District Planner Rhonda Sawyer said that that action would require the commission to approve a variance from Greeneville Subdivision Regulations, since the former Walmart property and the proposed outparcel are technically landlocked.
Kuykendall confirmed that the entrance lot bordering U.S. 11-E has the same owners as the former Walmart property and could be made into a permanent easement.
The lot is already being used as an easement for Ryan’s and Waffle House, Sawyer confirmed.
The commission approved both changes unanimously, including a second by Bob Biddle, who jokingly qualified his approval as only “if it’s a steakhouse” coming to the outparcel.
Greene County Partnership President and CEO Tom Ferguson has not yet released information on the business that would locate in the outparcel, but he earlier promised the Greene County Commission a restaurant that will be “the next step” in dining for Greene County.
The national home furnishings/apparel store that the Industrial Development Board said would share the building with Food City has also not been named publicly so far.