Food City representative addresses Kimball City Council

Kimball, TN- As anticipation grows for Kimball’s ‘new retailer’, a collective exhale was finally heard as Food City had someone at the Kimball Town meeting on Thursday night. Stephen Spangler, vice president of real estate and site development for Food City, made himself available for board questions after the company received up to $500,000 in various incentives, including the exemption from building permits, exemption from faucet fees and other considerations. According to Spangler, the arrival of Food City will be accelerated thanks to considerations.

Spangler, “Again, we appreciate the considerations. What I have distributed is an outline of the proposed project, which is effectively across the street from the Lowe’s, from Dixie Lee Center Drive and the highway 72 {Main Street} And then our document goes right on our

The latest proposed site plan for the new Food City in Kimball – Courtesy of the City of Kimball

investment in the project. If you look at the cost of land, site development, site construction and building equipment, we are looking to invest in the local community over fifteen million dollars. To Mayor Pesnell’s point, we have cap-ex reserved that if these incentives materialize, we are ready to begin work on the site later this summer and would likely be open earlier. Maybe fall next year, more than likely summer next year. We have job estimates, one hundred and fifty jobs. Fifty full-time, one hundred part-time, then some sales projections. Not only with groceries, pharmacy, {but} fuel will be part of it, but this store will also have Starbucks inside, which I think will be a big draw for the community and Marion County.

The “considerations” that Spangler is talking about aren’t necessarily a sure thing yet because the County Commission has yet to vote on this specific project. The commission recently voted to approve the review of such retail incentives. However, there was not, technically, a particular project under consideration. The county commission will provide input into the incentive program at its next regularly scheduled meeting later this month.

Additionally, Kimball Council has made a decision regarding the hiring of a Director of Parks and Recreation. JD Genter is quite well known for his company, MaxFit, and as the head coach of the South Pittsburg Pirates baseball team. He will add another title as Genter received unanimous approval for the position. Technically, Genter won’t take up his new role until July 1, coinciding with the city’s new fiscal year.

Alderman Teresa Lofty reminded council and the public that June 11 is statewide “free fishing day.” The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (“TWRA”) won’t be checking fishing permits that day, hoping to encourage residents to get out and enjoy the state’s many public lakes and rivers for a day of fishing. Kimball has a small fin in the game as the Kimball Park ponds are among the sites where TWRA populates with fish until the day. Participants can fish without a license and keep what they catch.

The council approved both the final “cleanup” of the current tax budget and the upcoming 22-23 tax budget for the city with the final readings of both ordinances. As noted in a previous article, property tax rates remained the same as last year.

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