Food City in Maryville will host the world-famous city Budweiser Cladesdales 4-7 p.m. Thursday, December 2, 1715 West Broadway, Maryville.
The eight horse obstacle will pull the famous red beer cart. Other visits will be to the JCPenney store at Turkey Creek, 11534 Parkside Drive, 3-7pm on Wednesday, December 1st; And the Christmas Parade at Fantasy of Lights in Gatlinburg, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, December 3.
creative Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan It will appear at many Food City locations during the Thanksgiving holiday. Mark your calendar and plan to come and enjoy pictures with Santa, product sampling (while supplies last), festive holiday music and a Coca-Cola Polar Bear.
Since 1997, Coca-Cola Caravan has been bringing the magic of Christmas across the country. Thousands of twinkling lights spread joy and delight. Residents of all ages are fascinated by its beauty and eagerly await its brilliance and splendor every year.
- Today (24/11) the caravan will be in stores in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Abingdon, Virginia.
- Saturday, will be in Pigeon Forge, noon to 3 p.m. in Express by Food City, and 6-9 p.m. in the new Food City, 3064 Tester Lane.
- On Sunday, November 28, the caravan will be Knoxville, noon to 3 p.m. at the new Food City store, 6710 Malone Creek Drive off Schaad Road; And from 6-9 p.m. at the West Knoxville department store, 284 Morrell Road.
Three new MPs
Food City recently promoted three long-time employees to vice president: Steve Holloway, vice president of meat and seafood operations, Bucky Slagle, vice president of production and flower operations, and David Haaf, vice president of food services and Starbucks operations.
Stephen C. Smith, president and CEO of Food City, said he’s seen men rise through the ranks of the company. “They are dedicated to our customers, our partners, and the communities we serve.”
Steve Holloway He began his grocery career at the age of 16, working part-time for a retail group in Knoxville. He attended Middle Tennessee State University, and returned to Knoxville after graduation to become the Meat Manager at White Stores. In 1990, Food City acquired the White Store chain. Holloway was promoted and served 10 years as a district meat trainer/supervisor. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Meat and Seafood Operations. Holloway and his wife Melissa are parents to daughter Courtney and son Jarrod. They were residing in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Bucky Slagl He joined the Food City team in 1988, entering the company’s Assistant Store Manager Training Program. He held the position of Assistant Store Manager for two years before being promoted to Store Manager, where he served for six years. Slagle was promoted to area manager for the Knoxville division of Food City in 1998, where he was responsible for overseeing 13 supermarkets. In 2016 he was promoted to Director of Production and Flowers. Slagl graduated from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. He and his wife Amy live in Gray, Tennessee with his two daughters, Ali and Emily.
Chef David Half He joined the Food City team in 2005, serving as the company’s Executive Chef, and was responsible for a team of eight culinary instructors. In 2008 he was promoted to Food Service Manager. In 2017, Chef Half helped open the company’s first Starbucks in-store coffee shop which has now grown to 32 locations. He holds several certificates and two university degrees. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1992-1996, serving in Japan, Korea, Thailand and Cuba. He and his wife Melene live in Gray, Tennessee with his daughter Asiana.
Race against hunger Food City customers are able to donate at checkout to local hunger relief organizations. Last year’s program raised more than $600,000. This offer runs until November.
Friends and pets in need In his fourth year. Food City customers can purchase a bag of non-perishable food or pet food products for $10. After purchasing the bag, the customer deposits it in a barrel in front of the store. The show runs until December.
Employment on vacation: Food City continues to hire for full-time, part-time, entry-level or skilled positions. Interested candidates can apply online at FoodCity.com or visit any Food City store to complete the application.
Betsi James is the Special Events Manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.