Business Comes to Life in Knoxville

An old-fashioned store is hoping to open their doors some time around the first week of March in Knoxville.

Owners of the Knoxville Mercantile LLC off of Main Street asked the Knoxville Planning Commission for tax increment financing district dollars, as well as a building repair grant.

In total, owners Keith and Erin Vaughn and Pam Fritz asked for $40,000 to continue work on the Mercantile and bring their business to life.

Owner Keith Vaughn told Aldermen they’ve done some extensive work on the existing building, but more needs to be done.

“The windows on the east wall — I believe there was 16 windows initially in the building — they sometime had went in, pre-1970, boarded up, insulated them, I guess Western Auto came in during the 1970’s and, I guess, paneled over top of them.  When we tore down back to brick, we found the windows.  We decided to do every two windows, just because if you do the whole wall, we lost all of the wall space.”

The Planning Commission recommended aldermen approve the TIF request, and the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the recommendation.

The Mercantile will also provide hardware items, a bait and tackle counter, a soda fountain, and more than 150 different type of old fashion candy.

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