Several major Knoxville retail projects to be complete next year

Several major Knoxville retail development projects to be complete next year

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At the University Commons project at the edge of the University of Tennessee campus, it's crunch time for construction workers to make sure anchor stores Walmart and Publix will open in time for the 2014 school year. At the University Commons project at the edge of the University of Tennessee campus, it's crunch time for construction workers to make sure anchor stores Walmart and Publix will open in time for the 2014 school year.
Construction recently began for the 24-acre Kingston Corner Shopping Center at the corner of Cedar Bluff Road and Kingston Pike. Construction recently began for the 24-acre Kingston Corner Shopping Center at the corner of Cedar Bluff Road and Kingston Pike.
Papermill Plaza is just a parking lot after the recent demolition of the former shopping center. There is new life ahead. R.E.I., a national outdoor retailer, will open its first Knoxville store in Fall 2014 and Whole Foods will open in 2015. Papermill Plaza is just a parking lot after the recent demolition of the former shopping center. There is new life ahead. R.E.I., a national outdoor retailer, will open its first Knoxville store in Fall 2014 and Whole Foods will open in 2015.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  Several major large-scale retail developments are underway right now in East Tennessee. Many will be complete by next year, and some will be finished before the end of the year.  

At the University Commons project at the edge of the University of Tennessee campus, it's crunch time for construction workers to make sure anchor stores Walmart and Publix will open in time for the 2014 school year.

Developers say the project is expected to finish on-schedule and are looking to lease out the remaining space, which has room for as many as 30 other retailers.   

"We have a lot of interest from regional and national tenants that aren't in this market right now that would be interested in being next to the University of Tennessee and being in this area," said Jim Harrison, a developer for the University Commons development.  

A few miles to the west, Papermill Plaza is just a parking lot after the recent demolition of the former shopping center.  

There is new life ahead. R.E.I., a national outdoor retailer, will open its first Knoxville store in Fall 2014 and Whole Foods will open in 2015.  

Developers say the project is on-schedule.  

Even further west in the Cedar Bluff area is the new Kingston Corner Shopping Center. Construction recently began for the 24-acre development at the corner of Cedar Bluff Road and Kingston Pike.  

Michael Patterson, Horne Properties' director of development, said they have outparcel deals with restaurants including Zaxby's, Bojangles and Carolina Ale House, which is a family friendly sports themed restaurant based in Raleigh, N.C.    

Patterson says he is negotiating to bring in an Arizona-based organic supermarket to open its first store in Tennessee in the shopping center. He says the organic store could the anchor for the shopping center and could occupy a space of roughly 30,000 square feet.  

"They kind of mimic Whole Foods and their concept of people wanting to eat healthy now," said Patterson. He says the construction should be complete by summer 2014.  

Down the street at the intersection of North Peters Road and Cedar Bluff Road, workers are finishing a new Chipotle restaurant, anticipated to open early 2015.

Pigeon Forge-based SmartBank is preparing to open a new branch next door to Chipotle. A bank spokesperson says the branch is expected to be open by the end of the year.

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