Grocery retailer Food City opening 6 new stores in Huntsville

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Food City is entering the Huntsville market with sic new stores in Huntsville over the next few years. (City of Huntsville)

Not one, not two but SIX new grocery stores under the Food City brand are coming to Huntsville. The Huntsville City Council approved a development agreement to bring the new grocery retailer to the Huntsville market.  

The six new stores in Huntsville will come in two phases. Here’s more:

Food City coming to Huntsville

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The new stores in Huntsville will open in two phases. (City of Huntsville)

The new Food City stores will open in two phases. Construction on the first phase will begin in May, with the first store expected to open in the fall of this year. Here’s where these new stores will be, and which phase includes them:

Phase I

  • Hampton Cove
  • North Memorial Parkway
  • U.S. 72 East

Phase II

  • Downtown Huntsville
  • Alabama 53
  • County Line Road

All Food City locations will offer additional retail space for lease to create new retail centers.

Grocery store amenities include full-service grocery options, custom prime meat and seafood departments, a Starbucks coffee shop, full-service deli and bakery, pharmacy and floral services and a fuel center in select locations. 

About Food City

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Food City is based in Virginia, with stores in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. (City of Huntsville)

For those of you who are not familiar with the Food City brand, the chain is based in Abingdon, Virginia, and has more than 140 stores in Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. The company was founded in 1955.

Here are a few quick facts about Food City and these new stores in Huntsville:

  • Food City will invest $90 million to build the six new stores in Huntsville.
  • The stores will create 1,350 jobs over the next five years.
  • The City of Huntsville will provide cost reimbursements up to $9 million (total for all six locations opened) in sales tax to offset a portion of the company’s infrastructure costs incurred for construction of the six locations.
  • Projected revenues calculate a two-year return on investment for the City (or projected revenues indicate the city will recover its investment within two years).  
  • The Company will not qualify for any cost reimbursements until all new stores in Huntsville are completed and open to the public.

“Huntsville’s growth has provided new opportunities to expand our retail offerings, particularly in the grocery sector where some areas are presently underserved. Food City has a strong reputation as a quality retailer and being a good community partner. They will be an excellent addition to the Huntsville market.  This partnership allows Huntsville to secure all six store locations planned to service the Huntsville-Madison County market.  This is a win-win in that we are able to provide new retail opportunities to areas that need better retail options and the new revenues can be invested back into the community for public infrastructure projects.” 

Shane Davis, Huntsville Director of Urban and Economic Development

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