Many who attended raised their hands to indicate it was the first time they saw the showroom since the renovation.
“(The Chamber is) honored to be able to provide a ribbon cutting to celebrate the re-grand opening of this beautiful, beautiful store,” FWKCC president/CEO Julie Blaylock said, adding owner Rick Terry has been a Chamber member for 22 years.
“It is rare for a business to be open that long, period — even more rare for a business to support its community so well,” she also said.
“Thank you so much for doing all of this,” Farragut Vice Mayor Louise Povlin said about the renovation. “I remember being in here several years ago when you were talking about what you wanted to do with that extra space.
“I know, at the time, we had three dead corners (along Kingston Pike), and you invested in our Town at a time when it looked like it was done,” she added. “So you’re seeing a lot of growth around you, and I’m so thrilled that you’re here. … You stayed through the rough part and I think you’re just going to do great things here.”
“We’re excited about it, too,” Terry said.
Before moving the business to Farragut, Terry and his parents had a store, The Goldmasters, in Franklin Square shopping center in the mid-’80s.