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Farragut EDC tours Public Market

“In some instances, it might have even been better to scrape this and start it all over,” First Commercial Realty spokesman Jim Nixon said about the soon-to-open Turkey Creek Public Market off Outlet Drive.

Nixon was speaking to Farragut’s Economic Development Committee, which took a tour of the Market following its regular meeting Wednesday, April 6.

“There’s a lot of money in this. Big money,” Nixon said of the building’s extensive remodel. Turkey Creek Public Market is being housed by the former Outlets Unlimited Mall, which sat vacant for more than 15 years.

Essentially, Nixon said, the only thing original to the building that still remains are the steel support beams.

“Everything else you see is new,” he said.

Nixon, along with Public Market developer Charles Atchley Sr. and Turkey Creek Land Partners principal John Turley, escorted the EDC members around the 165,000-square-foot facility, which will house more than 700 tenants in booths.

“As of yesterday, we signed 211 booths,” Atchley said.

According to Atchley, the Public Market should be open by June 1. Its hours would be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Atchley took the occasion to make a few tenant announcements, including the inclusion of a Denton’s in the food court. The food court also will host a barbecue restaurant, Mexican restaurant and Italian restaurant, which Atchley declined to name.

Other food vendors would include booths that sell homemade fudge, fresh seafood, caramelized nuts, coffee, organic chickens and freshly baked bread.

The Public Market also will sell antique furniture, liquidated men’s and women’s clothing, books, fruits and vegetables and even animals up for adoption through The Humane Society.

The Market will be set up in a large cross shape, with two main corridors stretching the entire length and width of the building, with the food court and entertainment stage in the center of the building.

Vendors will line the corridors and rows of the Public Market.

“The large stage area will have seasonal entertainment — Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, choir groups, bluegrass music, country music, gospel music ... and a church service every Sunday morning,” Atchley said.

Atchley said he provided the Sunday service for his vendors, who often can’t attend a home church if they’re selling their wares on Sundays; but the nondenominational service would be open to anyone.

Nixon and Atchley said the building was built with the help of a LEED engineer, who helped lessen the Market’s carbon footprint. The roof includes UV reflectors, computer-controlled light fixtures, and the rainwater from the property will be recycled and used for irrigation.

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