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Posted on: September 23, 2015

[ARCHIVED] City adjusts transit bus route to accommodate Food City shoppers during construction period

Food City is planning the construction of a new Food City Store on Virginia Avenue in the city’s east end. The company has worked with the city’s planning department in preparing plans for the new 42,600 square foot supermarket that will be replacing the existing store on the same site.

“We are very excited and extremely pleased to have K-VA-T Food Stores make the investment required to build a totally new store on the Virginia Avenue site. That site has been the lone supermarket for the neighborhoods in that area of the city for over 30 years,” said City Manager Bill Sorah.

The company plans to temporarily close the Virginia Avenue facility on Saturday, September 26, 2015 to make way for demolition. As you can imagine, closing this store, even temporarily was an extremely difficult decision for our company,” says Steve Smith, Food City President and Chief Executive Officer. “Unfortunately, it was the only viable option that would allow us to safely construct a new, larger, much more up-to-date store on the site.”

Food City’s Volunteer Parkway location will welcome Virginia Avenue customers during the temporary closing. Food City has partnered with the City of Bristol, Tennessee to provide transit bus service between their Virginia Avenue location and the Volunteer Parkway store, beginning Monday, September 28, 2015. The bus service will be available Monday through Friday, except for holidays observed by the city. Tim Beavers, Director of Public Works said, “The current Southside bus route will be adjusted to accommodate residents who need to utilize the city’s transit system to access the Volunteer Parkway location. This will provide a more convenient way to get to the Volunteer Parkway location during the construction period.”

“The transit bus transportation schedule is posted online at, click on Food City Bus Schedule. A flyer with the information will also be available on the Penn-Hickory route and the Southside route,” said Terrie Talbert, Community Relations Director. “Signage will also be posted at the city’s Transit Center located at the Downtown Center.”

For more information on the transit routes contact Wes Richie by e-mail at or by phone at (423) 989-5685.

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