Asheville Highway’s Food City Is Now Expanding
Article and photo courtesy of The Greeneville Sun.
BY KRISTEN EARLY
Published March 10, 2016
Food City, located on the Asheville Highway, is full force into an expansion project that will significantly expand their floor space and offerings.
In January, the grocery store began that expansion, adding gas pumps to its Gas 'n' Go station and beginning expansion work within the storeroom area.
Assistant manager Jeff Kite said the grocery store's first phase of renovations is well underway this month.
The first phase of the project, which includes relocation of a loading dock from the side to the rear of the building and expansion of the Gas 'n' Go gas station, was unanimously authorized by town planners in November.
Final plans for the expansion, including phase II of the project, were approved by the Greeneville Regional Planning Commission in December.
Building permits for phase II of the project indicate this portion will total nearly $1.4 million in renovations.
Phase II includes an 11,000 square-foot expansion to the store's sales floor and expansion of the parking lot.
Kite said that construction at the back of the store currently includes rebuilding the stock room. Four new gas pumps have already been added to the Gas 'n' Go, he added.
Customers will begin to see the construction within the store underway soon, but the store will not have to close during the process, he said.
"Operations will remain the same in the meantime," Kite noted. "It will be July before it's finished, it sounds like."
The finished project will feature two more freezer aisles, additional grocery aisles and an expansion to the meat and bakery departments.
The expansion will bring the total footprint from 38,000 square feet to just under 50,000 square feet, he said.
Construction is being completed by E. Luke Greene Company Inc., of Johnson City, Kite added.