Kay's Ice Cream on Chapman Highway closing doors for the last time

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Kay's Ice Cream on Chapman Highway will open its doors for the last time on Saturday.

The store, which has been in business since 1946, is famous for its ice cream, homemade tamales, soups, punch and chili.

"We can take the good memories with us," said Kay's manager Theresa Greogory. "This was our last Christmas and we had a blast."

Greogory says the decision to close the store was a financial one.

The first Kay's was built in 1934 in Chattanooga, according to The Chattanoogan. The restaurant, which is known for its giant ice cream cone signs, would expand to locations across East Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

The right to sell Kay's ice cream in grocery stores was purchased by Food City. The ice cream is now made by Mayfield.

Kay's Kastle, which split off from Kay's Ice Cream, still has a location in Soddy-Daisy. 

Kay's is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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