Developers have announced four new businesses that will be moving into the new University Commons shopping complex near the UT campus.
University Commons is Knoxville's first urban, vertical retail center. Walmart is scheduled to open on July 30, and Publix will open soon after. Now, we know those anchor stores will be joined by Fresh To Order, Blush Boutique, Great Clips, and Jersey Mike's.
"We are excited to announce the addition of these new tenants to University Commons and believe they will greatly compliment this center. We've been very pleased with tenant interest and more announcements are forthcoming," said Mike McGuffin, partner with CHM, LLC, the Knoxville-based real estate development firm behind University Commons,
Fresh To Order will be a new restaurant for Knoxville. It is very popular in the Atlanta area and has locations in Nashville and Chattanooga.
"We're very excited about bringing Fresh To Order to Knoxville," said Craig Mason, owner of Fresh Concepts, LLC, the Knoxville Fresh To Order franchisee. "Our restaurant's a perfect option for anyone looking to enjoy a fresh and affordable meal without having to sacrifice quality and flavor."
Blush Boutique managers say they will offer unique, fashion-forward designs at an affordable price.
"We offer an expansive variety of styles and sizes of clothing, shoes and accessories at prices not found in the average boutique," said Wolfe. "From our cutting-edge private labels to the recognizable designers, there is always something new at Blush Boutique as we receive more than 80 new style shipments a week."
Great Clips will open its 20th Knoxville-area location in University Commons.
"We have been looking forward to opening a location in this area for some time," said local franchise owner Don Elliot. "The University Commons location will give us an opportunity to make Great Clips more convenient to our University of Tennessee customers and we believe our online check-in app will fit these students' busy lifestyles by making it easy for them to walk-in and get a great haircut without a wait."
There are Jersey Mike's sub shops in the Nashville and Tri-Cities areas, but this will be the first one in Knoxville.
"Jersey Mike's offers a 'sub above,' serving authentic fresh sliced subs on freshly baked bread – the same recipe it started with in 1956 – and we're passionate about giving back to our local communities," said Director of Operations Harold Wood. "I believe our subs are the best in the country and we're looking forward to bringing that delicious taste to the residents of Knoxville."
Opening dates have not been announced for the new stores.