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Shrimp Dock to open in Essex Point


Helen and Allen Markway and Phil and Becky Dangel, Farragut residents, plan to open The Shrimp Dock at 11124 Kingston Pike in Essex Point at the beginning of April.

“We’re friends and family, is basically what we are,” Helen Markway said about the four co-owners. “And we want to put that same [image] out there for the Farragut area.

“We’ll work with the community. We want the community to come in and feel at home with us; we want to know their faces; we want the clientele to come back to us,” she added.

Markway describes herself as the “on-premise owner,” the face that everyone will see. Becky Dangel will do the bookkeeping and accounting for the company. Phil Dangel and Allen Markway will be silent partners. The couples’ children also may work in the business.

“Our husbands are maintaining their jobs here in the Farragut area and my husband and I have been looking for something that we could pass on for our kids, and Phil’s been doing the same thing,” Markway said.

“We had been talking to Paul [Willis, founder of The Shrimp Dock] ever since we got here … since he was out on Alcoa Highway. Then we read last summer that [the] Halls [location] opened up … and that’s been going on since June, the planning stages,” Markway added.

“We see Farragut as an up-and-coming Town and besides the fact that we live here, we can see all this construction going on and the people moving here,” Phil Dangel said.

The Farragut store will offer the same merchandise as The Shrimp Dock in Bearden, and like The Shrimp Dock in Halls, also will have a meat counter in addition to the seafood offerings.

“We want [the community] to know that we’re going to be a bright, clean business that is catering to health. We’re going to do cooking ventures with people. We want to, at some time, do catering for the area. We want the health conscious to know we’re out there and it’s fresh,” Markway said.

The interior and exterior of the store will be decorated differently than the other Knoxville locations. The building also will be handicapped accessible. “The inside is going to be very coastal: it’s going to be bright; it’s going to be cheerful,” Markway said.

“The flooring is going to be special … that’s going to look like the ocean,” Dangel added.

“We had to stick with the standard outside because of the [Farragut] guidelines and codes, but once you walk inside, you’re going to feel the difference,” Dangel said.

“Farragut Town Hall has been very cooperative in that whenever we go over there and ask questions, we get good answers. They’ve helped us in a timely basis, and we really have no complaints,” he added.

The store will be open until around 6:30 p.m. on weeknights and will be open limited hours on Sunday.

 

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