Food City Building New Store To Replace Existing Middlesboro, Kentucky, Unit

John Jones, Food City EVP and director of store operations; Brady Parvin, district manager; Stephen Spangler, director of real estate; Lou Scudere, VP of real estate, research and site development; Richard Smith, store manager; Steve Smith, president and CEO; Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelly; Kentucky State Rep. Rick Nelson; Candice Barnett, Chamber executive, Bell County Area Chamber of Commerce; and Mickey Blazer, VP of pharmacy and fuel operations.

John Jones, Food City EVP and director of store operations; Brady Parvin, district manager; Stephen Spangler, director of real estate; Lou Scudere, VP of real estate, research and site development; Richard Smith, store manager; Steve Smith, president and CEO; Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelly; Kentucky State Rep. Rick Nelson; Candice Barnett, Chamber executive, Bell County Area Chamber of Commerce; and Mickey Blazer, VP of pharmacy and fuel operations.

Food City is building a new store in Middlesboro, Kentucky. The 56,300-s.f. supermarket will serve as a replacement unit and be located just behind the existing store. The project is expected to be completed by late fall.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring a new state-of-the-art Food City to Middlesboro,” said Food City President and CEO Steven C. Smith. “Our customers will find the same smiling faces, top-quality products and competitive pricing they have come to expect from Food City, housed in a more energy-efficient model that includes some great new services and conveniences.”

The store will include an in-store bakery/deli, complete with a hot food bar and expanded café seating area large enough to accommodate more than 65 diners. A fresh food bar featuring a variety of soup, wings, salad and fruit selections also will be a available.

Full-service meat and seafood departments will offer pre-marinated and seasoned oven-ready products, plus a complete selection of top-quality meats that are all-natural with no solutions added, including Certified Angus Beef and fresh sushi.  In-house meat cutters will hand-cut steaks and fresh meat to order.

Expanded grocery, frozen food and produce departments will go well beyond the normal fare with a large selection of gourmet, international and specialty items, according to the supermarket chain. In addition, the Food City Floral Boutique will be staffed with a designer seven days per week, offering a full assortment of fresh-cut floral arrangements, bouquets, gift items and more. Rapid checkout service will be provided by seven traditional checkout lanes, one express lane and four self-checkouts. The store also will offer a Food City Pharmacy, equipped with a drive-thru, and a Food City Gas N’ Go, featuring a large five-pump station, including diesel fuel.

The new location also will feature several energy-saving concepts, ranging from energy-efficient glass cooler doors, parking lot lights and refrigeration systems to motion sensors and 100% LED lighting, as well as an open-rafter ceiling design.

“The enlarged departments will allow for enhanced variety and selection, and our customers are really going to enjoy the added conveniences and services offered by the new store,” said Brady Parvin, Food City district manager.

K-VA-T/Food City is headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, and operates 134 stores in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.

About The Author

A former newspaper editor and publisher who has handled digital duties for The Shelby Report since 2011. She once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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