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Farragut Wine and Spirits celebrates 3 years

Farragut Wine and Spirits owners David and Robin Purvis are celebrating the store’s third anniversary this October.

“After three years, we’re still the fastest growing store in the market,” David said.

“We’re one of the top three largest stores — by square footage — in the state,” he added.

David said FWS is one of the top 10 stores in Knox County, up from 47 when it opened three years ago. There are an estimated 50 liquors stores in the county.

“That’s pretty good growth in three years,” Robin said.

And that growth is directly attributable to the store’s loyal customers.

“Farragut and the residents of the surrounding area have been very good to us, and they’ve been very supportive,” Robin said.

David said he and Robin were proud of the store’s new focus: discounts on every item every day.

“We’re the only ones in the market that do that. Everyone that gets on our customer list gets a discount on every item every day,” David said.

The customer list is basically an e-mail list; customers simply fill out a card when they visit the store to be entered into the database.

The pair also pride themselves on their clean, open store and knowledgeable and friendly staff.

“It’s a clean store and a clean-cut, knowledgeable staff,” David said.

Farragut Wine and Spirits is well known for its popular wine, beer and spirits food tastings at area restaurants.

“We’re still very active with wine, beer and spirits tastings at local restaurants that include Seasons Café, Flemings, Meksiko Cantina, Lakeside Tavern, The Orangery, Chez Liberty, Abuelos,” David said.

“The beer and spirits ones have gotten more popular than the wines,” he added.

David and Robin also are known throughout the community for their community involvement.

David is the founder of the Farragut Business Alliance, a group that has planned several community events including the Taste of Farragut and Red, White & Blues. David also is a member of the Town’s Economic Development Committee and is a past president of Knoxville’s Child Help.

The pair also participate in other community events such as Renaissance | Farragut’s recent fall festival, in which the Farragut Wine and Spirits’ Chili Peppers won the festival’s chili cook-off and donated their winnings back to Second Harvest Food Bank.

“We try to be involved in the community and give back to the community,” Robin said.


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