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A Food City grocery store in Clinton, Tenn.

Food City will purchase 29 Bi-Lo Supermarkets in the Chattanooga market. 

The purchase includes eight stores in Georgia and 21 pharmacies.

"We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to expand our operation into the Chattanooga and north Georgia market, as part of our strategic growth plan," said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. "We very much look forward to joining their retail community and serving the region."

The company plans to invest over $40 million in improvements to the locations during the first year.

Plans have not been finalized, but Food City anticipates revamping the units and hiring the vast majority of Bi-Lo's nearly 2,000 store associates. 

Food City is headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, and currently operates 104 retail supermarkets in Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The company traces its roots to 1955, when founder Jack Smith opened his first store in Grundy, Virginia. 

Affected grocery stores in Tennessee

7804 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga

6951 Lee Highway, Chattanooga

1600 East 23rd Street, Chattanooga

4510 Highway 58, Chattanooga

703 Signal Mountain Road, Chattanooga

3801 Tennessee Avenue, Chattanooga

3600 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga

4011 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga

255 Ocoee Crossing North, Cleveland

2310 McGrady Drive, Cleveland

420 Market Street, Dayton

6723 Ringgold Road, East Ridge

3715 Ringgold Road, East Ridge

841 U.S. 411 North, Etowah

8634 Highway 58, Harrison

5604 Hixson Pike, Hixson

8530 Hixson Pike, Hixson

1667 Ooltewah-Ringgold, Ooltewah

9213 Lee Highway, Ooltewah

3901 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank

10161 Old Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy

Affected grocery stores in Georgia

342 Blue Ridge Street, Blairsville

502 G.I. Maddox Parkway, Chatsworth

1287 N. Glenwood Avenue, Dalton

531 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

311 North Main Street, LaFayette

319 Chickamauga Avenue, Rossville

820 Mission Ridge Road, Rossville

112 Crimson Drive, Trenton