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Partners propose first new liquor store

David Purvis and business partner Hugh Kaserman are the prospective owners of Farragut Wine and Spirits, the first and only liquor store being evaluated by the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen under the towns new liquor ordinance.

The proposed new store, Purvis said, is slated for the former CVS Pharmacy location at 11238 Kingston Pike that used to be next to the current Kroger store in the same shopping center, 11240 Kingston Pike.

Were going to have about thirteen thousand square feet of store space, he said. I anticipate well probably start out toward the front of the store and grow our way back.

Purvis said customers traditionally purchase groceries, then buy their spirits. The location has the traffic necessary to make a business a success.

Its a safe place, he said. Its a nice, convenient location in the center of Farragut.

The current Kroger building wont disappear when the new Kroger development, currently under construction by Blanchard and Calhoun developers, is completed. The new store would be behind the existing one off Kingston Pike and have access to South Campbell Station Road.

Purvis said he has no concerns in that regard. Jim and Mary Biddle of Farragut, he said, still own the property and another company has a ground lease on it for the next 13 years.

We plan to be very customer-service oriented, he said. Were going to have the higher end beer, wine and spirits of different types. Were going to focus extensively on having qualified staff to advise customers on their purchases.

They varieties of wine, beer and spirits would be determined after they receive town and state approval.

An important part of the business will be daily operations, and Purvis said those would be handled by his partner and his wife, Robin.

Hugh Kaserman has been the manager of Cedar Bluff Discount Wine and Spirits for the past five or six years, Purvis said. Hes had a real extensive background in purchasing and hell be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the store.

Cedar Bluff Discount Wine and Spirits is located at 9141 Cross Park Drive in Knoxville.

Purvis wont be involved in that portion of the business due to his commitments to his two other companies, Health One and Imaging One. Health One, he said, is a third-party medical billing company, while Imaging One deals with diagnostic imaging of patients.

A Farragut resident for the past 19 years, Purvis said the idea for the store came to him during the development of the new ordinance.

My wife, Robin, and I have always had a passion about wine, Purvis said. Weve traveled extensively and had a lot of experience.

in that side of the world, so to speak.

Once the idea developed, Purvis said it was then a matter of finding the right partner and the right location for the store.

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen is expected to discuss the application later this month.


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