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Food City is expanding into Franklin County with a new supermarket now under construction in Winchester, Tennessee.

The 54,200-square-foot supermarket taking shape at the intersection of Cowan Highway and Halfmoon Road in Winchester is expected to open early next summer and will include a pharmacy, gas station, Starbucks cafe and in-store bakery and deli.

"We look forward to constructing a state-of-the-art supermarket that will create quality jobs and tax revenue for the citizens of Winchester and Franklin County," Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer, said during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new store last week.

The new location will feature several award-winning energy-saving concepts, ranging from energy-efficient glass cooler doors, LED parking lot lights and signage to motion sensors and 100% LED interior lighting, as well as an open rafter ceiling design. Within the new Food City, the store will include a hot food bar with a deluxe soup and salad bar and stone-hearth pizza oven to make fresh food for a 38-seat cafe built with a fireplace.

Smith said full-service meat and seafood departments with in-house butchers will offer pre-marinated and seasoned oven ready products, plus a complete selection of all-natural top-quality meats, including Certified Angus Beef and fresh sushi.

"Expanded grocery, frozen food and produce departments will go well beyond the normal fare with a large selection of gourmet, international and specialty items," Food City spokeswoman Tammy Baumgardner said.

The Food City Floral Boutique will be staffed with a designer seven days per week and offer fresh-cut floral arrangements, bouquets, gift items and more. Rapid checkout service will be provided by six traditional check-out lanes and eight self-checkouts.

The store will also include a Food City Pharmacy, equipped with a drive-thru and consultation room to discuss patient prescription needs and administer immunizations, Food City Gas N' Go fuel center, a Starbucks café, offering a wide assortment of blended hot and cold coffees and beverages and a beer tasting station. The new store will also offer GoCart curbside pick-up.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, Food City's parent company, K-VA-T Food Stores, operates 134 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, East Tennessee, north Georgia and soon in Albertville, Alabama.

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