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Weigel’s store sold to Farragut businessman


A familiar Farragut landmark is getting a new look and a new owner.

The former Weigel’s Farm Store at 11104 Kingston Pike is under new ownership and is now known as the Farragut Quick Stop.


“We want to make this a nice community store,” said new owner Nick Patel, a Farragut resident. “We hope the community will support us as we support it.”

The new business will remain in the old building, which dates back to the late 1950s, Patel said. He plans to put a lot of work into the business.

The first obstacle Patel said he faces is how to draw business when there are large construction vehicles in front of the store. Patel said they are there to remove the former Weigel’s gas pumps and large underground gas storage tanks.

“There are a lot of E-P-A issues,” Patel said. “One of the tanks leaked gas and now that has to be cleaned up. Weigel’s is helping pay for the cleanup.”

He said it has caused business to slow considerably as well as not having a sign facing Kingston Pike.

Patel said the store may sell gasoline at some point in the future, but he has no immediate plans for putting in new pumps and tanks.

After the gas tank project is finished, Patel said he plans to resurface the entire parking lot, increase the exterior and interior illumination and maybe paint or add something to the exterior.

This isn’t the first business venture for Patel, who is a entrepreneur. He is the owner of Dunkin Donuts along Cedar Bluff Road and part owner of a Subway store in another part of Tennessee.

“I bought the store in part because I wanted to have a place for my son to learn about the business world,” Patel said. “I also like Farragut and wanted to be able to give back to the

community.

Patel’s son, Kevin, is a recent graduate of Georgia Tech.

“We may do some remodeling of the interior of the store,” Kevin said. “It all depends on what the town will let us do.”

 

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