Virginia-based grocery retailer, Food City, will invest $90 million in opening six store locations in Huntsville, Alabama. With currently only one store chain in Alabama, the additional stores are expected to create about 1,350 jobs. The existing Alabama store, in Albertville, opened in 2021 and a second location in Gadsden is currently under construction. The stores are set to be built in two phases with the first phase scheduled to be completed within three years. The first phase stores will be built on North Memorial Parkway, on U.S. Highway 72 East, and on U.S. Highway 431 in Hampton Cove.
The locations of the second phase stores are in northwest Huntsville on Alabama Highway 53 north of Research Park Boulevard, on Jordan Lane/Patton Road near Interstate 565, and in West Huntsville near the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant. Each store will have a brick front and include full-service meat and seafood departments as well as a full-service deli. The stores are each expected to include full-service Starbucks coffee shops as well.
Food City’s parent K-VA-T Food Stores operates 150 retail outlets in five Southeast states including Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.