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TCBY closes its doors in West End


TCBY, 129 West End Ave., has closed its doors after more than 20 years in Farragut.

Mark and Jamye Smith have been owners of the shop since 2000, and recently tried to sell the business after they relocated to Virginia.

“We hate the store had to close,” Mark said.

“It was a great experience for us and we would like to thank everyone who was a customer for all those years,” he added.

The West End TCBY shop closed in late 2009.

“We just weren’t able to secure a buyer who was willing to pay the price we asked for all the equipment, so we just relocated all of that to Virginia,” Smith said of the process of selling the store.

Smith said the economic downturn affected the West End TCBY, as it has so many other businesses.


“It was a little bit of the combination, I think, of the economy and not being able to find the right buyer.

“We never saw much of an impact from Turkey Creek, but once the economy hit in … late 2008 … we just never really recovered,” Smith said.

It simply proved too difficult to operate the store from out-of-state, he added.

“It’s part of the economy. Some places survive; some don’t,” Smith said.

The first TCBY frozen yogurt shop was opened in Little Rock, Ark., in 1981 by Frank and Georgia Hickingbotham.

For more information, visit www.tcby.com

 

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