HobbyTown USA now off Turkey Drive

Angela and Gary Phillips, right, owners of HobbyTown USA, and son, Ryan Wilson, radio-controlled merchandise manager, have brought Smokey the Bear to the store’s new site, 11145 Turkey Creek. The Phillips opened Friday, Aug. 15. HobbyTown USA has relocated its store from 11364 Parkside Drive to the old Thomasville Furniture location, 11145 Turkey Drive, behind Steak & Shake, in Turkey Creek.

Gary and Angela Phillips, president and vice president of the locally owned and operated store, opened their new location Friday, Aug. 15. They closed the current site Monday, Aug. 11.

“We’re so excited about going over there,” Angela Phillips said.

Of course, their Smokey the Bear will have a home in the new location, she added.

Gary Phillips said one of the motivators for the move is interstate exposure, with roughly 120,000 cars a day passing by the store. Also, he said the new site will have easier access, and HobbyTown USA can use the parking lot for rock crawling and parking lot racing.

The new store will have almost 8,000 square feet, which compares to the present site, which has 7,500 square feet, he said.

Angela Phillips said they have outgrown the store’s room, in which the public gathers for various meetings.
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business briefs

• Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation has named Lila Honaker as its communications and development manager. Honaker served as marketing manager with Scripps Networks Interactive, a national position, before joining Tennessee Theatre Foundation.



• The American Heart Association has appointed Emily Day Fuller as vice president of its East Tennessee Team, which covers Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities area. As vice president, she will oversee all business operations, mission-related activity and fundraising campaigns for the region. Previously Fuller served as senior regional director, managing Go Red for Women and Heart Ball campaigns in the Knoxville and Chattanooga areas.
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Elliott’s Boots and Shoes and Sandals cuts ribbon with FWKCC

Elliott’s Boots and Shoes and Sandals, 620 N. Campbell Station Road held a ribbon cutting Friday, Aug, 8, hosted by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce. From left, Bettye Sisco, Chamber president; Jenna Massa, Greg Lee, Arlene Weinstein, Laura Sayers, farragutpress; John Elliott, owner; Rob Ergenbright, Beth Hooks, Taylor Love, Laura Rathbone and Julie Gunter, farragutpress.