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Food City’s push into Huntsville market escalates

HUNTSVILLE – Food City is moving dirt in the Rocket City. A lot of it now with more to come later.

Just last week, the grocery store chain based in Virginia broke ground on two of a planned six locations in Huntsville.

(Devyn Keith/Contributed)

Shovels hit the turf last week on Governors Drive near The Foundry at Stovehouse. Then the scene repeated at 10210 North Memorial Parkway north of Winchester Road toward the Countess Road/Bob Wade Lane connection.

The store in North Huntsville will offer a full-service meat department, bakery, pharmacy and an onsite Starbucks.

“This is truly a momentous day for residents in North Huntsville,” Huntsville City Council member Devyn Keith said. “As the representative for District 1, I am truly grateful Food City is building a store here. It’s more proof that North Huntsville is attracting commercial and residential developers of all sizes, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.

The Food City store on Governors Drive will serve residents in the Lowe Mill, Mill Creek and Merrimack communities. The grocery store already broke ground on a store in Owens Cross Roads near Taylor Road and U.S. 431.

The stores are coming in two phases:

Phase I:

  • Hampton Cove
  • North Memorial Parkway
  • U.S. 72

    (Food City/Facebook)

Phase II

  • Downtown Huntsville
  • Alabama 53
  • County Line Road

 

In turn, the City of Huntsville will provide cost reimbursements up to $9 million (total for all six locations opened) in sales tax to offset a portion of the company’s infrastructure costs incurred for construction of the six locations.

Projected revenue indicate the city will recover its investment within two years. The Company will not qualify for any cost reimbursements until all stores are completed and open to the public.

All Food City locations will offer additional retail space for lease to create new retail centers.

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