Food City opening in Vonore


VONORE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Waxing the floors, cleaning and setting up - the Vonore Food City is getting ready to open Wednesday morning.

"Right now, we're putting the final touches on the meat and seafood area, getting it out and making sure it's fresh. We're taking care of the bakery/deli, making sure the product is fresh," said Joe Holt, the store manager.

Fresh food isn't all the store is bringing to the area. It also created about 150 full and part-time jobs, including one for Mollyanne Brookens, who feels lucky to work there.

"There isn't jobs - as far as I know, there's not many jobs at all. This is the only thing in Vonore," said Brookens.

Aside from groceries, you can fill your prescriptions and fill up your car with gas.

"We've not really got big supermarkets to pick from, and once we do, it's just prices I guess," said Stephanie Arb, who's excited for the store to open.

Vonore's mayor is excited for a different reason: tax revenues. He estimates the town will get about $200,000 the first year. A big deal, since Vonore's annual budget is only $1.5 million.

"It's going to allow us to do a lot of projects. Some that we have ongoing right now. It'll allow us to do more for our infrastructure," said Mayor Larry Summey.

Summey said some of the money will go towards the planned Veterans Memorial Park, which he estimates will cost the town about $160,000.

Whether it's jobs, convenience or bettering the town, one thing's for sure:

"Very exciting, very exciting," said Holt.

The first shoppers will hit the aisles at 9 a.m. Wednesday.


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