Food City President and CEO Steve Smith has confirmed that K-VA-T Food Stores will build six Food City locations in the Huntsville, Alabama, area over the next six years.
“We’re excited to be moving into Huntsville, Alabama, and the surrounding areas, and while this is our first project in the area, it certainly won’t be our last in Huntsville and the neighboring communities,” Smith stated.
AL.com recently reported that the city is offering “up to $9 million in tax refunds as incentives,” to Abingdon, Virginia-based Food City.
The city council approved the proposal at its April 27 meeting, according to Tammy Baumgardner, senior manager of public relations for K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., parent company of Food City.
Smith told The Shelby Report that one location will be 30,000 square feet and four others will each be 54,000 square feet. The final store will total 60,000 square feet.
The first phase of the project calls for building three locations over the next three years. The second phase will conclude construction of the other three stores.
According to AL.com, the first phase stores will be built on North Memorial Parkway near Bob Wade Lane, U.S. Highway 72 near Shields Road and U.S. Highway 431 in Hampton Cove near Taylor Road.
The second phase locations will be in northwest Huntsville on Alabama Highway 53 north of Research Park Boulevard, Jordan Lane/Patton Road near Interstate 565 and near the Mazda Toyota manufacturing plant in west Huntsville.
The project is expected to bring about 1,350 jobs to the area.
All of the stores will have a brick front and include full-service meat and seafood departments, as well as a full-service deli. The article also stated, “A coffee shop with a ‘nationally-branded coffee retailer’ will also be in each location.”
Food City has one location, which is about two years old, in Alabama, with a second under construction. K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. operates 150 Food City stores across Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.