Bradley

Fort Campbell, TN

#1 Jun 18, 2009
Came across an internet rumor that KVAT/Food City has been in negotiation with the Publix chain to possibly merge operations, or possibly sell the FC stores in Tennessee to Publix.

Anybody have their ear to the ground who can confirm or deny?
Abingdon VA

Max Meadows, VA

#2 Jun 22, 2009
Bradley wrote:
Came across an internet rumor that KVAT/Food City has been in negotiation with the Publix chain to possibly merge operations, or possibly sell the FC stores in Tennessee to Publix.
Anybody have their ear to the ground who can confirm or deny?
Heard that too!
Bradley

Fort Campbell, TN

#3 Jun 22, 2009
Publix has expanded into Tennessee and is starting to bump heads with FC. I've heard that they want to purchase the Tennessee stores and are not that interested in expanding into Kentucky and Virginia, right now.

Apparently, FC wants it to be "all or nothing." That's what I've heard. But I wouldn't take it as the gospel!
Rhett

Redmond, WA

#4 Jun 23, 2009
I'd be really interested to know if this rumor is true or not, too. I
also have heard it circling around. Anybody near the corporate office or warehouse know anything?
Captain America

Columbia, TN

#6 Jun 25, 2009
I also believe there may have been some truth to the rumor that they were interested in the TN stores and possibly Food City's distribution centers. There may have even been talks, but I believe they amounted to nothing. I doubt Mr. Smith would sell only the TN stores. It would be an all or nothing deal, and I doubt Publix has much interest in VA or KY. Knoxville would be the prize. If they wanted to do business in Knoxville, they would be able to do it more easily by acquiring Food City because of their market share there. If they just moved in and tried to comepete with Kroger and Food City there, they would only be splitting the pie into smaller slices for everyone. So it does make sense to assume that if they were moving to Knoxville, they would want to talk to Mr. Smith and KVAT. So if the rumors are true they want in that market, I would guess there was at least some communication between the 2 companies.
Anonymous

Greeneville, TN

#7 Sep 9, 2013
How old do you have to be to apply for a job at food city?

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