Abingdon, Virginia-based retailer Food City on Friday broke ground on its tenth Curt’s Ace Hardware location. The new store will be located on Cook Street in Abingdon, Virginia, and no opening details were provided.
“Much like our Food City stores, we are excited to continue to grow and expand our Curt’s Ace Hardware family of stores,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and CEO. “Sadly, locally owned hardware stores are becoming a thing of the past. Having served in the grocery industry for 40-plus years, I have seen firsthand how important a local well-run supermarket is to the community, and I think the same holds true for local hardware stores.”
Last summer, the grocer launched its line of Curt’s Ace Hardware stores, which include the following locations: Prestonsburg, Kentucky; Pigeon Forge, Newport, Erwin, Elizabethton, Gray, and Piney Flats, Tennessee; and Bristol and Marion, Virginia. The grocery retailer said in press release that other locations will soon follow.
“We greatly appreciate the support of our loyal customers, and we want to leverage our Curt’s Ace Hardware brand to better serve the communities where we already do business,” said Smith. “Food City is the name you trust for your grocery needs, now we can help with your home and garden needs as well. Given our vast merchandising and marketing experience, our team has done an excellent job managing and operating these locations.”
Food City parent K-VA-T Food Stores operates 153 retail outlets in five Southeast states: Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.