Food City president to address Richla...

Food City president to address Richlands chamber

There are 34 comments on the Bluefield Daily Telegraph story from Feb 7, 2013, titled Food City president to address Richlands chamber. In it, Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that:

Steve Smith, president and chief executive officer of K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., has been announced as the featured speaker for the annual Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting and Banquet on Feb.

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Anonymous

United States

#1 Feb 8, 2013
Isn't this a slap in the face to Bluefield from the Richlands chamber of commerce considering the problems that the Bluefield WV. business owners are having with Food City KVAT and the old Kroger building that is still empty? Sad. Shame on the Richlands Chamber of Congress.
what

Princeton, WV

#2 Feb 8, 2013
seriously dude leave that man alone
Anonymous

United States

#4 Feb 9, 2013
what wrote:
seriously dude leave that man alone
Seriously dude, crawl back in your hole. He is not a man. He is a monster. Go show your attitude on Cumberland Rd. in Bluefield. Seriously dude I will leave that man alone when he leaves Bluefield WV. alone. Seriously dude. LOL
richlandsmandude

United States

#5 Feb 9, 2013
Boycott Food City KVAT. Rescue Bluefield WV.
beaverboy

United States

#6 Feb 9, 2013
what wrote:
seriously dude leave that man alone
Go masturbate while bagging groceries at Food City. You are a bag boy at Food City, obviously.
yeah

United States

#7 Feb 10, 2013
Like foodcity says greed is good
Ex Customer

Ferrum, VA

#8 Feb 10, 2013
If you don't think Food City has power try to find a bad post about them on Abingdon Topix. They have all been deleted, even the true ones.
SHeITTY CITY

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Feb 10, 2013
Over priced.
Rude dumb ass people in management.
ASST Managers just suck.
Delis WAYYYYYY over priced.
Be glad when they go under.
Do Wa Diddy

Morristown, TN

#10 Feb 17, 2013
We are sick of Food City in Morristown, TN. They don't give a damn about destroying residential neighborhoods by building in their back yards. Steve Smith and his ideas are both old and out of touch with what people want in a grocery store: good lighting, quality products, fresh produce, and a work force that is treated humanely. Because Food City is soooo out of touch with the modern world, I seriously doubt they will be around in another 10 years.
really

Portland, OR

#11 Feb 17, 2013
who cares about bluefield or morristown anyway
really

Portland, OR

#12 Feb 17, 2013
food city is best grocery store now and forever
yep

Knoxville, TN

#13 Feb 18, 2013
really wrote:
food city is best grocery store now and forever
i live in knoxville and wont shop any where else! anybody that is not afraid to build straight across feom a wal mart isawesome in my book!!!!!! WAL MART is the worst thing to happen to the UNITED STATES economy in the lasr 50 years
yep

Knoxville, TN

#14 Feb 18, 2013
dang my spelling sux
shop local

Johnson City, TN

#15 Feb 19, 2013
yep wrote:
<quoted text> i live in knoxville and wont shop any where else! anybody that is not afraid to build straight across feom a wal mart isawesome in my book!!!!!! WAL MART is the worst thing to happen to the UNITED STATES economy in the last 50 years
Totally agree. The country is in a continual recession yet everybody continues to support Walmart which has destroyed so many jobs in this country by demanding cheaper clothes and food from China and Mexico. Even with food despite pink slime, horse meat, etc. I don't know how people eat anything from walmart and there's a national cost to shopping there. I buy what I can from food city and the rest from amazon because they do all those things 'do wa diddy' wanted, local produce, employee-stock ownership program, and so on much better than walmart and the other national chains.

There's a few who will try to pick on Food City and spew the hate-filled vitriol above for making business moves because they think Food City is small enough that it will hurt them as a local, small chain. There's a few upset in Bluefield because Food City won't spend millions to renovate and re-open a former Kroger building that went out of business because the populace chose to support Walmart in Bluefield, VA when it opened. The ironic part, by not shopping at food city they are supporting walmart which is the one that put the kroger out. In Morristown, several homeowners buy land near a busy thoroughfare and expect it to never develop. That's wishful thinking at its finest and if it were not food city making a business decision to develop the land it would be another company. Heck, it's not even food city it's a developer out of North Carolina that will shop it around to competitors if food city doesn't agree to it. They're making the best business decision on both instances.
mindy

Richlands, VA

#17 Feb 19, 2013
Pretty lame considering the president will not go to speak to the leaders in bluefield. He wants followers to worship him I guess. Only sheep will think he is not greedy. Sometime ask people in Abingdon and bristol what they think about kvat. They literally hire software designers and testers for their headquarters and pay them ten and eleven dollars an hour. People who have four year degrees and beyond.
mindy

Richlands, VA

#18 Feb 19, 2013
shop local wrote:
<quoted text>Totally agree. The country is in a continual recession yet everybody continues to support Walmart which has destroyed so many jobs in this country by demanding cheaper clothes and food from China and Mexico. Even with food despite pink slime, horse meat, etc. I don't know how people eat anything from walmart and there's a national cost to shopping there. I buy what I can from food city and the rest from amazon because they do all those things 'do wa diddy' wanted, local produce, employee-stock ownership program, and so on much better than walmart and the other national chains.
There's a few who will try to pick on Food City and spew the hate-filled vitriol above for making business moves because they think Food City is small enough that it will hurt them as a local, small chain. There's a few upset in Bluefield because Food City won't spend millions to renovate and re-open a former Kroger building that went out of business because the populace chose to support Walmart in Bluefield, VA when it opened. The ironic part, by not shopping at food city they are supporting walmart which is the one that put the kroger out. In Morristown, several homeowners buy land near a busy thoroughfare and expect it to never develop. That's wishful thinking at its finest and if it were not food city making a business decision to develop the land it would be another company. Heck, it's not even food city it's a developer out of North Carolina that will shop it around to competitors if food city doesn't agree to it. They're making the best business decision on both instances.
. You do not have your facts straight. I am from blue field and they told that Kroger closed thge store down because of stock holders and corporate. They even made a profit but it was not enough in their eyes. Walmart could have been a small part but Kroger had a built in customer base with Cumberland road residents,dorm residents,and wealthy bland street customers. Most of the residents are upset because food city will not give up the lease on that building so grants can go in. They do not want competition and they have use that kind of tactic for years now. Go add key ingredients business to your Facebook page and see how small businesses on Cumberland road are doing. They are struggling thanks to food city.
mindy

Richlands, VA

#19 Feb 19, 2013
One thing that I personally like when shopping at Walmart is this.....they stock all different dates of pershiables on the shelves. At food city I have seen them hold out on fresh things and only set out things that will expired the next day. Things that are still regular price. I have found many expired items at food city as well( wonton shells,Mac and cheese). When I grocery shop I shop for a weeks worth so I do not pick things up that go bad that fast, sometimes at food city I have to check expiration dates for things like condiments. I should never have to do that. No one has time to look at every single dry good item.
true

Knoxville, TN

#20 Feb 19, 2013
mindy wrote:
<quoted text>. You do not have your facts straight. I am from blue field and they told that Kroger closed thge store down because of stock holders and corporate. They even made a profit but it was not enough in their eyes. Walmart could have been a small part but Kroger had a built in customer base with Cumberland road residents,dorm residents,and wealthy bland street customers. Most of the residents are upset because food city will not give up the lease on that building so grants can go in. They do not want competition and they have use that kind of tactic for years now. Go add key ingredients business to your Facebook page and see how small businesses on Cumberland road are doing. They are struggling thanks to food city.
but you know what Why is it Food City fault that the small businesses are struggling. if i owned a company and my business is too make money for the employee owners and i let the competition take over my building, then i would deserve to be fired. it is not food cities business to take care of the other small businesses it is their business to make my retirement grow. thats right i work for them and i could care less about your cumberland road. if they are not making it on cumberland let them move
shop local

Johnson City, TN

#21 Feb 19, 2013
Mindy (sorry for length but you seem genuinely concerned so I wanted to give you a serious response), starting with your first point, again a double-standard, you expect the CEO of Food City to speak at a public forum while the council is throwing around words like boycott in what was clearly intended to be a finger-pointing session. It's laughable to think that the CEO of Walmart or Kroger would even be expected to attend a public forum. Meanwhile, I've only reviewed the bdtonline articles I've found but I saw nowhere that the council has offered ideas to improve development.

Second, I'm not sure what you mean by greed. Is profit not the goal of every business in a capitalist country? Food City dominates the market in Bristol and Abingdon with plenty of other options and uses a ton of produce and dairy from the Abingdon area to supply the chain.

Third, Kroger clearly closed because it was not profitable. It's a corporation that answers to stockholders and decisions are based entirely on money and "greed." It was a store that has been robbed and the risk and lack of profit made it a venture Kroger chose not to continue. It's unfair to accuse somebody of not having facts straight when you make claims that are not fact-based.

Fourth, claiming food city will not give up the lease so Grant's can go in is conjecture. Grant's stated to bdtonline that "if" they did go in they would need to buy Kroger's old refrigerators and equipment which is now gone. Just search the bdt website. Now that Food City has determined the cost to renovate the building and will not open a store, how do you know they don't want out of the least to save thousands of dollars monthly?

Fifth, you should check the date on everything you buy at walmart or food city or wherever. I've personally never seen out-of-date items at food city and if I did I take an example up to customer service.

Finally, and the biggest point, if you consider yourself concerned about business morality there's no way you could like Walmart. You really do seem like a well-intentioned person so I'm guessing you don't have all the information. Walmart has a corporate strategy to put others out of businesses (like Kroger) and raise prices dramatically. Research papers have been published on it. They also offer classes instructing employees on how to get food stamps because of low pay. They mine the money out of largely rural areas and send it across the globe to shareholders and more often overseas suppliers. Walmart alone led the push to move factory jobs out of American and to China. As far as food quality, they have their own definition of organic and take dangerous shortcuts like ground beef fillers (aka pink slime) from a stocking warehouse. It's a free country and please shop where you like, but I would encourage you to do a little bit more research to verify all you like. No, I don't and never did work at food city, but it's much more important to the economy in bluefield and everywhere else to support local retailers above walmart. Nobody else will open if Walmart controls the market.
mindy

Richlands, VA

#22 Feb 19, 2013
shop local wrote:
Mindy (sorry for length but you seem genuinely concerned so I wanted to give you a serious response), starting with your first point, again a double-standard, you expect the CEO of Food City to speak at a public forum while the council is throwing around words like boycott in what was clearly intended to be a finger-pointing session. It's laughable to think that the CEO of Walmart or Kroger would even be expected to attend a public forum. Meanwhile, I've only reviewed the bdtonline articles I've found but I saw nowhere that the council has offered ideas to improve development.
Second, I'm not sure what you mean by greed. Is profit not the goal of every business in a capitalist country? Food City dominates the market in Bristol and Abingdon with plenty of other options and uses a ton of produce and dairy from the Abingdon area to supply the chain.
Third, Kroger clearly closed because it was not profitable. It's a corporation that answers to stockholders and decisions are based entirely on money and "greed." It was a store that has been robbed and the risk and lack of profit made it a venture Kroger chose not to continue. It's unfair to accuse somebody of not having facts straight when you make claims that are not fact-based.
Fourth, claiming food city will not give up the lease so Grant's can go in is conjecture. Grant's stated to bdtonline that "if" they did go in they would need to buy Kroger's old refrigerators and equipment which is now gone. Just search the bdt website. Now that Food City has determined the cost to renovate the building and will not open a store, how do you know they don't want out of the least to save thousands of dollars monthly?
Fifth, you should check the date on everything you buy at walmart or food city or wherever. I've personally never seen out-of-date items at food city and if I did I take an example up to customer service.
Finally, and the biggest point, if you consider yourself concerned about business morality there's no way you could like Walmart. You really do seem like a well-intentioned person so I'm guessing you don't have all the information. Walmart has a corporate strategy to put others out of businesses (like Kroger) and raise prices dramatically. Research papers have been published on it. They also offer classes instructing employees on how to get food stamps because of low pay. They mine the money out of largely rural areas and send it across the globe to shareholders and more often overseas suppliers. Walmart alone led the push to move factory jobs out of American and to China. As far as food quality, they have their own definition of organic and take dangerous shortcuts like ground beef fillers (aka pink slime) from a stocking warehouse. It's a free country and please shop where you like, but I would encourage you to do a little bit more research to verify all you like. No, I don't and never did work at food city, but it's much more important to the economy in bluefield and everywhere else to support local retailers above walmart. Nobody else will open if Walmart controls the market.
. I'm glad that we can have an adult conversation about this unlike everything else on here. I did not see the article about the freezers and grants so thanks for that. I still believe that the president should address the leaders at least since he is from Grundy. I would think that someone from a small area would appreciate the need for jobs and growth. That Kroger did have problems here and there but the Princeton one is much worse. I do agree with you about Walmart. I only shop there if needed because food lion and food city charge outrageous prices for pet food and personal care.

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