Company officials broke ground on the new Food City Thursday morning at 1375 Broad Street in downtown Chattanooga. The 53,300+ square foot retail supermarket is expected to open in late summer.
“We are proud to work with the City of Chattanooga and River City Company to develop this
unique project. We are sure this will be a very nice and fun place to dine and shop.
as well as a complementary addition to the neighborhood,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City
President and CEO.
“In addition to great food, we look forward to offering beer and wine in a friendly atmosphere for friends,” adds Dan Glei, Food City’s senior vice president of merchandising/merchandising.
Downtown Chattanooga store will include an in-store bakery and deli offering freshly baked goods
produce, meats, cheeses, hot foods, fireplace, fresh sushi, hickory smoker, brick pizza oven,
Asian wok and hot food bar, fresh food bar offering a variety of soups, salads and fruit selections, beer
and wine on tap and one of the largest seating areas in the company with more than 115 total seats, including
a sunroom and a large outdoor patio.
The food court will offer a restaurant-quality experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner through late night. Full-service meat and seafood departments will offer pre-marinated/seasoned oven-ready items and a full selection of premium meats, including certified Angus beef. In-house meat cutters will be available to cut steaks by hand and fresh meat on demand. The expanded grocery, frozen food and produce departments will go well beyond the normal fare with a huge selection of specialty, gourmet and vegan items.
The Food City Floral Boutique will be staffed by a designer seven days a week, offering a full assortment of fresh cut flower arrangements, bouquets, gift items and more. The fast checkout service will be in charge of five checkout lines and thirteen self-checkout checkouts. The location will also feature a Food City Pharmacy, Starbucks Cafe, which will offer a wide variety of hot and cold blended coffees and beverages and a variety of delicious breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
The store will also offer GoCart curbside pickup and delivery services for customers who wish to shop online. Several award-winning energy-saving concepts will be included, ranging from energy-efficient glass cooler doors, parking lot lights and refrigeration systems to motion sensors and 100-percent LED lighting.
“Successful communities offer a full mix of uses—with jobs, goods, services, and culture
accessible within a short walk or bike ride from home,” says Mayor Tim Kelly. “Like Chattanooga
As it continues to grow, this new Food City is a shining example of how quality urban design and land use
can make our downtown area more livable and connected, and by bringing fresh, healthy food to a
neighborhood that needs it, more equitable”.
To meet the requirements of the Downtown Chattanooga Formulary-Based Code, this unique Food
The city-anchored mixed-use project will also consist of approximately 16,000 square feet of two-level retail
and office space along Broad Street and six two-story townhouses along W. 13th Street.
“River City Company is pleased to welcome Food City to Broad Street in downtown Chattanooga. By
listening to the voices of the community and using urban design principles, the store will match the
architecture and serve as a tremendous asset, providing fresh and healthy food on foot
distance to downtown residents and employees,” says Emily Mack, president of the River City Company
and executive director.