A $2.6 million store that opened last year in Nashville is one of the first in the country to offer a full grocery store in a city that’s considered the largest city in the nation for its food.
It’s also one of a handful of cities in the U.S. with no full-size grocery store.
The Nashville Redners grocery chain opened a grocery store on Saturday.
The store will sell everything from canned food to fresh fruits and vegetables to frozen dinners.
The company plans to sell its food to restaurants and convenience stores.
“We think it will help revitalize the downtown,” says co-owner James McFarland.
The grocery store will be located in a former auto body shop on West Broadway.
It’ll be open Monday through Thursday.
“The idea of opening a full store is that it’s going to really drive the economy here,” McFarlanders co-founder David McLeod says.
“I think that’s the most important thing.”
McFarlands’ company had planned to open a store at its former Auto Body Shop in Nashville but has since relocated to an area that’s more rural.
The city’s population is around 40,000 people, and it’s home to the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
McFarlander says he was inspired by other cities that have a grocery center.
“There are places like Portland, Ore., where they have grocery stores, and places like Boston, where they’ve been doing it for years,” he says.
He says he and his co-founders also want to open stores in the South.
“You’re going to see a whole bunch of other cities try to take advantage of that market, and we want to help,” McLeod said.
He estimates that the total investment the company has invested in the Nashville store will total $1 million.
“It’s been a pretty crazy year, man,” he said.