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Developer creates Parkside Station shops

Tom Schaffler Jr. has a vision for Farragut and he is bringing that vision to life on Parkside Drive near Campbell Station Road.

Schaffler, owner of Southern Commercial LLC, is developing the area behind the Weigel’s Farm Store and next to the Colonial Pinnacle development on Parkside Drive.

“We’re going to be developing about twenty thousand square feet of retail shopping center,” Schaffler said. “We’ll have a couple of out lots available for restaurants.”

The project will be completed in two phases, he said. Each phase will run up a tally of about $5 million. Phase I is expected to be completed by September.

“We’re calling the development Parkside Station,” he said.

Schaffler said his company chose to develop Parkside Station in Farragut because of the business dynamics in the town.

“Farragut has the right demographics we look for in retail development,” he said. “It was just Farragut’s time. Most of our projects are in Nashville, but we felt it was right to build in Farragut.”

Schaffler said this isn’t his company’s first building venture in Knoxville. He said his company developed the retail space that houses the Stir Fry Café and the Earth Fare stores.

“In a lot of circles, the town has a reputation for being difficult to build in and work with,” Schaffler said. “We have had no problems and found the town very easy to deal with.”

He said there are companies interested in his project, but he couldn’t reveal any names because none of these companies had committed to sign a contract with Southern Commercial.

Schaffler said the space would be divided into about 12 shops and be home to a variety of retail businesses, including restaurants and even a well-known coffee shop chain.


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