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K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. d/b/a Food City will soon hit triple digits in its store count with the opening of a replacement store in Rogersville, Tenn. The chain expects the new 46,000-plus square foot unit to open later this fall.
The chain said it is transporting a steel support beam bearing a plaque commemorating the 100th store to many existing Food City units over the next few weeks, so that associates can sign the beam before it is mounted in the foyer of the new store.
“We wanted to select a memorial befitting of the occasion,” said Steven C. Smith, president and ceo of K-VA-T Food Stores, Abingdon, Va.
The Food City banner dates back to 1918, with the opening of a store in Greeneville, Tenn., but Food City’s parent company, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. really began with the opening of an 8,800 square foot unit (then under the Piggly Wiggly banner) by the Smith family in Grundy, Virginia in 1955.
Several acquisitions and many new units followed including one in 1984 when K-VA-T acquired Quality Foods and adopted the Food City name.