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C&C Outdoors now open in Concord

An eyesore of a building near Old Concord has received a facelift — and a new tenant.

C&C Outdoors opened its doors in January at the corner of Northshore Drive and Concord Road.

“I would just drive by and think, ‘It’s a shame to have such an eyesore there,’” building owner Frank Venable said. He bought the building in November and quickly renovated it, inside and out.

He has partnered with Mike Vineyard, owner of C&C Outdoors off Topside Road, to open the second location that will cater to West Knox County fishermen.

“This is right in the middle of fishing country,” Venable said.

Venable, a cousin of News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable and a senior officer at Morgan Stanley, is a fisherman himself, and wanted a store that catered to East Tennessee fishermen.

“Everything in here you can use to fish in the East Tennessee area. ... [big box stores] have fishing stuff from all over the world: they’ve got saltwater and all these different things. And for a guy to walk into Gander Mountain and find what’s working in Loudoun is like finding a needle in a haystack,” Venable said.

Professional fisherman on the FLW circuit and West Knox County resident Brandon Coulter said, “The store is set up specifically for East Tennessee. It’s got everything — you’ve got your minnows for your crappie guys and as far as what I do, which is bass fishing professionally.

“It’s stocked for here and you don’t need anything else anywhere. Everything you need to fish in East Tennessee is here,” Coulter added.

Coulter said it was nice to support a business that was locally owned and operated, too, and one that supported local craftsmen.

C&C Outdoors sells lures made by local fishermen and craftsmen that are complete homemade and customizable.

“This place provides economy for other people ... this gives them a market,” Coulter said.

“I’m not trying to be down on a big box store, but a local guy that makes a plug or a fishing lure is not going to be able to go to Gander Mountain and hang his plugs up,” he added.

The store even employed a local artist to paint the fishing murals on the sides of the building, Venable said.

Vineyard said the store also was great for teens and amateur fishermen to work.

“We hire a lot of younger people ... who go to school and just come by and work part time,” Vineyard said.

The store is built to be family-friendly, and for fishermen to feel comfortable pulling into the parking lot with boats in tow.

“They can park their bass boats and get out and walk in. For a fisherman pulling a $40,000 bass boat that’s probably got another $10,00 worth of rods, reels and tackle in there, you wouldn’t want to leave that in the parking lot of a Gander Mountain.

“This is specifically built for families, relationships. ... There are eight or 10 guys who just stand around talking,” Venable said.

Venable said, “Farragut is where I like to put my money.”

“I like investing in Farragut and Knox County, and fishing is my favorite pastime. Having an investment that deals with fishing is just a dream come true,” Venable said.

C&C Outdoors also sponsors and even hosts some fishing tournaments, including the Helen Ross McNabb bass fishing fundraiser.

C&C Outdoors has winter hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays. Summer hours likely will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays.

For more information, call the store at 865-288-7217.


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