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Public Market opens for business

From left, developer Charles Atchley, Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Fiser Construction President David Fiser and Turkey Creek Land Partners principal John Turley cut the ribbon at Turkey Creek Public Market’s opening.- Heather Mays/farragutpress
Turkey Creek Public Market officially opened its doors Friday, Aug. 12, with a ribbon cutting and a brief ceremony peppered with remarks from project developers and local dignitaries.

“I didn’t know it would take two years to make lemonade out of this lemon,” said Charles Atchley, who developed the project with partners John Turley, of Turkey Creek Land Partners, and David Fiser, of Fiser Construction.

Turley thanked Knox County and the town of Farragut, as well as each municipality’s respective mayors, Tim Burchett and Ralph McGill.

“Welcome to a new day in the town of Farragut,” McGill said.

“This is what this country is all about — not huge corporations, but about people working face-to-face with people,” he added.

The Market has been compared to flea markets and farmer’s markets and, Turley said, is perhaps a bit of both.

“We’re very proud to have this venue. It’s going to evolve every day.

“This is like an incubator,” he said.

Burchett welcomed the Market, saying the opportunities it would provide small business owners was incomparable.

“This is the backbone of America — these are entrepreneurs. This is America right here, and it’s happening in front of us today,” Burchett said.

Vendor and farmer’s market organizer Kathy Burke-Mihalczo said, “We were looking for a retail venue where we could bring our herbal products to the city. Here, we’ll be able to meet people and be able to send them to our farm.”

Burke-Mihalczo operates Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm in Oak Ridge.

“This is a small investment to business to get started,” she said of the benefits of operating a booth space at the Market.

Other vendors will include local farmers, local crafters and larger retailers such as Gift and Gourmet, Persian Rug Galleries, Callaways, O.P. Jenkins and Bennett Galleries.


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