Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

Cover Story: Steven C. Smith

2018 marks a very special time in our company’s history, as Food City celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

We are extremely proud to be a local, family owned company. Our heritage dates back 100 years. While the Smith Family entered the grocery business in 1955, the Food City chain we purchased in 1984 dates back to 1918, when the Humphrey’s Family opened their first supermarket in Greeneville, TN.

The grocery industry has certainly seen its fair share of changes over the past 100 years.

From the days of groceries being stored behind the counter to self-service supermarkets, automatic doors, scanning registers, self-checkouts, curbside pickup and home delivery service to LED lighting, advanced refrigeration systems and comprehensive food safety programs – lots of things have changed. But one thing that has remained the same is our unwavering commitment to our customers, our associates, and the communities we serve.

In today’s competitive market place, it’s very rare to see a company celebrating their 100th Anniversary. We are extremely proud to have served our friends and neighbors for the past 100 years. We realize this would not be possible without the loyal support of our customers and our valued associates.

We have a number of exciting sales, promotions and events planned throughout this year-long celebration. We’re donating $100,000 to charitable organizations throughout our market area through our Food City 100th Anniversary Charity Challenge. We teamed up with several of our local media partners to select participating charities to compete in the challenge. The public votes for their favorite charity throughout the month of May and we will be announcing the winners in June. The charity who receives the most votes in each market area will receive $12,500. Second place winners will receive $7,500 and third place 5,000.

We’ve also brought back one of our most unique and successful promotions – the Food City $100,000 Treasure Hunt. Food City shoppers are automatically entered to win each time they use their ValuCard to purchase participating store brand products during the contest. The Food City Prize Patrol is hitting the road in May and June to award some big cash prizes to winners throughout our market area – up to $10,000!

As we celebrate this incredible milestone in our company’s history, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued customers for their support and patronage, and our loyal team of associates for their dedicated service to our company and our customers. Thank you for 100 remarkable years!

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