Monroe County officials put high hopes in new Food City

Monroe County officials put high hopes in new Food City

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Customers lined up ahead of the opening. Customers lined up ahead of the opening.
"We have been working on this project for well over three years," said Monroe County Economic Development Director Shan Harris. "We have been working on this project for well over three years," said Monroe County Economic Development Director Shan Harris.
A local marching band was among the fanfare present for the opening. A local marching band was among the fanfare present for the opening.
"I've been here five years and I've been waiting ever since I got here," said Vonore resident Susan Tuck. "I've been here five years and I've been waiting ever since I got here," said Vonore resident Susan Tuck.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

VONORE (WATE) - The Vonore Food City officially opened its doors Wednesday morning, bringing a new era of shopping convenience to the small community.

Getting a major grocery store chain to set up shop in Vonore is a project that has been in the works for some time.

"We have been working on this project for well over three years," said Monroe County Economic Development Director Shan Harris.

A slump in the economy slowed the Food City project, but the line to get in the store showed the demand has always been there.

"I've been here five years and I've been waiting ever since I got here," said Vonore resident Susan Tuck.

The new store allows shoppers who once traveled to Loudon, Lenoir City and Maryville the convenience of one stop shopping much closer to home.

"I love the fact that we have the meat department and the butcher and the seafood and all that," said Tuck. "I can basically get everything right here."

Economic development officials in Monroe County said the store will bring more than just convenience.

"What it's going to bring to the community in further economic development goes beyond words," said Harris. "A facility like this helps in bringing in businesses, other businesses."

Harris says he's already had other retailers express interest in locating in Vonore as the Food City grand opening approached.

"A corporation as large as Food City would never build a store of this magnitude if they didn't think this was an area for perfect growth," said Harris.

The new store has already helped grow the job market by 150 jobs and officials hope that number will soon grow even higher.

The city expects to take in almost $200,000 in taxes from the store in its first year alone.

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