South Knox 5 & 10 store is first to get a cash mob visit

South Knox 5 & 10 store is first to get a cash mob visit

A crowd lined Emery's on Friday evening. A crowd lined Emery's on Friday evening.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The first South Knox business to receive a sales boost from a so-called "cash mob" after the closure of the Henley Bridge is Emery's 5 & 10 at 4014 Chapman Highway.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett announced the location on Thursday. "Emery's is a local institution, and this business represents so much of what is good about our local entrepreneurs," he said.

Burchett wants citizens to show up in large numbers and spend at least a small amount of money. Cash mob participants are asked to visit Emery's between 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday.

"I hope everyone will come to South Knoxville tomorrow and spend $5 or $10 at Emery's, or any other South Knoxville business," Mayor Burchett said.

There's a Knox Cash Mob page on Facebook and you can follow @knoxcashmob on Twitter.

Emery's opened in 1927 and is a third-generation business. The store's website says it's the oldest family-owned 5 & 10 store in the U.S.

Owner Ron Emery is a former U.S. Marine. He was wounded in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart. His father was a bomber pilot during World War II.

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