ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL)- Shoppers in Abingdon, Virginia now have new place to pick up groceries.
Food City’s newest location opened Wednesday at 8 a.m.
The 62,000 square-foot store will replace the current Food City location on Towne Centre Drive. The region’s largest store is opening in a town that has special meaning for the family owned business.
“Our corporate support center is here, our distribution center is here…Abingdon is a great business town, Washington county, its home,” said Food City CEO and President Steve Smith.
This new location is located in a 30-acre development that will also include more stores and restaurants that are slated to open later this winter.
The development is also a win for Southwest Virginia as a whole. “There’s all sorts of development around, all sorts of retailers and box stores, financial institutions, restaurants and its all been done in a way that’s consistent with the town,” said Saul Hernandez, Chairman of the Washington Co., Va Board of Supervisors.
The flagship store has nods to tourism, the Creeper Trail and a tribute to the history and future of the family owned grocery chain.
“Its the largest store we’ve built from the ground up, we just think people will like the variety they find,” said Smith.
The new location comes complete with a bar, engraving machine and will have a larger selection than other stores. But, this one is more than just another location on the map.
It set a precedent for retail development in the area and the commonwealth as a whole.
“Southwest Virginia has lagged behind traditionally as far as economic development and its a great example of a private-public partnership,” said Hernandez.
The new Meadows property just off Interstate 81’s exit 17 was a $40 million dollar investment and a collaboration between Food City’s owner, KVAT, Marathon realty, the town of Abingdon and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
At Tuesday evening’s ribbon-cutting, Abingdon’s town mayor, Wayne Craig said, “When built out- the meadows is projected to generate $53 million a year in retail sales which will provide the town with $1.3 million in revenue.
The first 250 shoppers on Wednesday will receive a gift. There will also be surprises for shoppers throughout the day.