GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The shelves are stocked, produce is in place and the cakes are baked in preparation for the grand opening on Wednesday of the new Food City on East Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville.
"We've worked really hard for the past six months taking an unoccupied building and renovating it, turning it into a beautiful Food City," said Bland Justice, store manager.
The new grocery site is moving into the old 50,000-square-foot Walmart building on 11-E after it sat empty for about a decade. "The first time we walked into this building it was just a vacant department store. All the ceilings, floors and furnishings were left here for the past 10 years. We had demolition crews gut the whole building," added Justice.
"We knew it would take a developer who had an appetite for risk," explained Tom Ferguson with the Greene County Partnership.
According to Ferguson, the $7 million project began in July 2012. It has created 100 new jobs and is estimated to make $20 million in retail sales. He hopes it will help business boom in the Crockett Crossing Plaza. "This is a start. At the end of the day, hopefully in a couple years, we'll have three or four new retail stores and another national chain restaurant. It's a good start," Ferguson said.
This is the third Food City location in the Greeneville area.
The store officially opens 10 a.m. Wednesday.