Business: Food City coming to Bartow, just off the U.S. 411/41 interchange. Store due by next summer.

Business: Food City coming to Bartow, just off the U.S. 411/41 interchange. Store due by next summer.

Due next summer, Food City is building just below the U.S. 411/U.S. 41 interchange. Google map.
In context: The Bartow County grocery options have changed in recent years with Kroger opening a new-concept Marketplace store off Main Street near I-75 and the arrival of ALDI, joining Publix already established at Main Street Shopping Center as well as two Ingles locations. Now add Food City — fresh off an expansion into Calhoun in December 2019 — with a 59,000-square-foot store with all the modern amenities, from a stone hearth pizza oven and sushi section to Starbucks and a fueling station.

From a media release: Food City announces plans to construct a 59,000-square-foot store at the intersection of Joe Frank Harris Parkway and Mac Johnson Road NW outside Cartersville. It is expected to open next summer.

“We are excited to be joining the Bartow County retail community.  We look forward to constructing a state-of-the-art supermarket that will create quality jobs and tax revenue for the citizens of Bartow County,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.

Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor said, “We are very pleased to partner with a great company like Food City and bring a much-needed new, first-class grocery store to central Bartow County. Food City is exactly the kind of quality company we work hard to attract.”

The location will include an in-store bakery/deli, complete with an Asian wok, hot food bar, café seating area, deluxe salad bar, hickory wood smoker, stone hearth pizza oven and fresh sushi. Full-service meat and seafood departments will offer pre-marinated and seasoned oven ready products, top quality meats that are all-natural with no solutions added and Certified Angus Beef.  In-house butchers will be available to hand cut steaks and fresh meat to order.

Expanded grocery, frozen food and produce departments will go well beyond the normal fare with a huge selection of gourmet, international and specialty items.  The Food City Floral Boutique will be staffed with a designer seven days per week, offering a full assortment of fresh-cut floral arrangements, bouquets, gift items, and more.  Rapid checkout service will be provided by seven traditional check-out lanes and nine self-checkouts.

The store will also include a Food City Pharmacy, equipped with a patient consultation room, an offsite Food City Gas N’ Go, featuring a large seven pump station and diesel fuel, a wine tasting station, and Starbucks cafe, offering a wide assortment of blended hot/cold coffees and beverages.  GoCart curbside pick-up will also be available for customers wishing to shop on-line.

The new location will also feature several award-winning energy saving concepts, ranging from energy efficient glass cooler doors, parking lot lights and refrigeration systems to motion sensors and 100% LED lighting, as well as an open rafter ceiling design.

“Our customers can expect to find exceptional customer service and top-quality products at the lowest possible prices, along with great variety/selection and some exciting new services,” says Smith.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 137 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, north Georgia, and Alabama.

About the Calhoun location:

The nearly 48,000-square-foot Food City store openied Dec. 4, 2019, at 225 Lovers Lane Road NE in Calhoun.

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