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Public ‘Flea, Farmers’ Market opening moves to May


Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission approved a few minor changes to the site plan of Turkey Creek Public Market, but had some questions about the market’s name change.

The plan changes include a color scheme of brick red and gold, “earth tones,” Jim Nixon, Turkey Creek principal and Public Market spokesman, said.

“We’re not changing anything but the color,” he added.

But Commissioner Ed St. Clair said Nixon had changed the name from Farragut Public Market to Turkey Creek Public Market, and now marketing packages included the term “flea and farmers market.”

“We had a lot of discussion on the front end about ‘flea,’” St. Clair said.

“Now ‘flea’ has jumped in,” he added.


Nixon said the official name is now Turkey Creek Public Market, since Turkey Creek was such a regionally known shopping destination and because Turkey Creek chief partner John Turley also was a partner in the Market. The phrase “flea and farmers market” would be used in advertising, but would not be part of the name.

“That’s not in the title and we don’t intend for it to be in the title,” Nixon said.

“But there will be elements of a flea market, if that’s what you want to call it, there,” he added.

Nixon said the Public Market likely would open in May, a month later than their initial proposed opening date in April.

“We’re about 30 days behind,” Nixon said, largely because of the bad weather this winter.

However, he estimated the Public Market likely would open “full or nearly full” of vendors, because “interest is very high right now.”

“We will bring, I think, quite a bit of traffic to the town of Farragut that will be coming to this facility,” Nixon said.

“I think Farragut will be proud of it,” he added.

Mayor Ralph McGill asked that Nixon consider including Farragut in the name of the Public Market. McGill said there were many well-known institutions in the Town that didn’t claim Farragut’s name. Nixon agreed; citing the Knoxville Open, which has been held in Farragut for nearly 15 years but has never carried the Town’s name.

“That’s something we’ve got to change,” McGill said.

“Why not Turkey Creek Public Market in Farragut?” he asked.

Nixon said he’d pass the idea along, but added, “The name has evolved to Turkey Creek Public Market, and that’s what we’d like to call it.”

The Turkey Creek Public Market is being developed by Charles Atchley Sr., developer of Smoky Mountains Flea Market in Sevierville, in association with Turley.

In other business, FMPC:

• Approved a plat of correction for The Cottages at Pryse Farm for lots 85 to 88 to modify platted building envelopes. This was a minor amendment to the plat to reflect actual building square footage.

• Approved the annual review of the concept plan for Sheffield subdivision.

• Approved the annual review of the concept plan for Everett Hills subdivision.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Subdivision Regulat-ions to clarify easement rights, inspection rights and the expansion of clear zones within right-of-ways.

• Approved a rezoning for 12800 Union Road from C-1 to R-1.

 

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