Food City opens expanded supermarket in East Ridge

After more than 40 years of operating a 34,000-square-foot grocery store along Ringgold Road on the south end of East Ridge, Food City has moved across the street to open a new and expanded supermarket that adds a Gas 'N Go fuel station, a food cafe, a credit union office, and a broader offering of produce and grocery items.

At 54,000 square feet in size, the $12 million store that officially opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday has more than twice as many workers as the store it replaces, adding nearly 100 full-and part-time jobs, Food City President Steve Smith said.

"It's exciting to be able to have a bigger store with more variety and selections and to be able to bring a Starbucks cafe, a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union office, and all of the extra food, merchandise and gasoline service options this store now provides," Smith said Tuesday night during a ribbon-cutting for the new supermarket.