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Braden’s Lifestyles opens at Turkey Creek


Braden’s Lifestyles, the newest addition to the Braden family of fine furniture stores, opened in the Shops at Turkey Creek with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Three generations of the Braden family were on hand for the celebration.


First generation and company founder McKinley Braden and his wife, Mildred, said they were “thrilled” with the new store.

McKinley started in the furniture business with the original store on Western Avenue after serving in the military during World War II.

McKinley and Mildred lived in the building that now houses the farragutpress newspaper offices.

Mildred said she has fond memories of her former house.

“I lived in that house from 1935 until 1950,” she said. “My husband and I lived there for five years along with my mother after he came home from the war.”

The Bradens moved to East Knoxville in the early 1950s and opened Braden’s Fine Furniture in 1956. That store now boasts 95,000 square feet of floor space.

McKinley said the original Braden’s will remain open and will conduct business as usual.

He said the family made the decision to build in the Shops at Turkey Creek because of the dynamic location.

Noting that West Knox County is growing in population, McKinley said the new location offers another option for the people in this part of town.

“This is a great place to have a business,” he said. “We’re very excited to be here.”

Second generation Braden, Gary, is the president of Braden’s Furniture. Gary and his wife, Karen, will continue to run the store on Western Avenue.

Their son, Nick, third generation Braden, and his wife Ashley will serve as store manager and office manager respectively of the new store.

The Braden’s younger son, Alexander, is a senior in high school. Grandfather McKinley said, “Alexander has plans to go to [the University of Tennessee] and study business so he can join in on the family furniture business one day.”

The new store has 22,000 square feet of space and offers furniture similar to the Western Avenue store. According to Gary Braden, the showroom/warehouse style, wood floors and carpet present the upscale look the Braden’s had intended. The store houses a large selection of oriental rugs as well as a catalogue and resource center which allows customers to see all of the furniture that Braden’s has to offer.

As well as offering fine furniture, Braden’s sells mattresses and box springs, rugs, accessories and decorative wall hangings.

Store hours for Braden’s Lifestyles in the Shops at Turkey Creek are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday.

 

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