Food City eyes downtown Chattanooga for grocery store, Gas 'N Go outlet

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / Food City supermarket on Brainerd Road as shown in 2018

Food City is looking to locate the first full-scale supermarket in downtown Chattanooga.

The Abingdon, Virginia-based grocery chain, which already operates more than two dozen Food City stores in the Chattanooga region, is developing plans to locate a unique 2-story grocery outlet downtown as part of a new development on the site of the former Carter Distributing Co. warehouse along Broad Street between Main and 13th Streets.

Steve Smith, president and CEO of Food City, said Thursday that Food City is developing plans to build a new 48,000-square-foot supermarket along with a Food City Gas 'N Go fuel station on the 5.7-acre site at 1305 Broad Street.

"Certainly we've heard from a lot of our downtown customers expressing the need for a new supermarket in downtown Chattanooga," Smith said. "We try to listen to our customers - that's what good companies do - and we recognize that with all of the building and new residents coming downtown there is a demand for such a store."