GATLINBURG — As part of the recent renovations at Food City, company contractors will present a sign request at Thursday’s Environmental Design Review Board meeting.

The grocery retailer closed the pharmacy at its Gatlinburg store in February to install Starbucks.

Food City President and CEO Steve Smith said at the time that renovations are expected to be completed this spring. The store will continue offering a dining area.

“It had been a relatively low-volume pharmacy for years,” Smith said in February.

The closure of Food City’s pharmacy leaves Gatlinburg’s approximately 4,000 residents with only one pharmacy in the city.

Walgreens is located downtown, where there is limited free parking and often heavy tourist traffic. Food City’s East Parkway location offers a large surface lot with free parking.

The Walgreens website lists pharmacy hours as 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a 1:30-2 p.m. lunch break closure each of those days. The pharmacy is closed on weekends.

Food City’s pharmacy customers had their prescriptions automatically transferred to the Gatlinburg Walgreens as a courtesy, Smith said. They could choose to transfer their prescriptions elsewhere.

“It’s not a decision that was made lightly ... We want to reassure them (customers) that we’re reinvesting in their store in Gatlinburg,” said Smith.

The signage review request for the Food City Starbucks at 1219 East Parkway was submitted by Bristol Sign Company Walden.

Board members will consider three other sign proposals and one aesthetic review.

The aesthetic review is for 1039 East Parkway LLC at 1039 East Parkway and was requested by Samadhi Pineda.

The sign reviews are:

• Rocky Top Adventure Rentals at 544 East Parkway — requested by Sycamore Sign Service

• Gatlinburg Parkway at 715 Parkway — requested by Savannah Greco with R2R Studio

• Elkmont Winery at 754 Parkway — requested by Savannah Greco with R2R Studio

Thursday’s meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at 1230 East Parkway, Gatlinburg.

Information is available at www. gatlinburgtn.gov or 865-436-7792.

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