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Old 02-02-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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As they say- it ain't over until it's over.

Kingsport Times-News: Frank Theatres plans to stay in the Model City

Hull seems to still be mulling what to do with the two immobile escalators in front of the theaters (one has been down since December and the other down this week). There are supposedly plans to do major reconfiguration in this area of the mall. We'll see.
I wonder where Frank Theaters is going to locate in Kingsport and build--if this happens?

If I had to guess, I'd definitely say Stone Drive out near Lowes--in that area of 11-W.
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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I wonder where Frank Theaters is going to locate in Kingsport and build--if this happens?

If I had to guess, I'd definitely say Stone Drive out near Lowes--in that area of 11-W.
You're probably right, unfortunately. It seems like this would be too close in proximity to the Pinnacle, though. Maybe the Meadowview area? What I'd ld love to see is along Sullivan St. at the old supermarket row site. Talk about giving a boost to downtown revitalization efforts! I just don't see it happening downtown, though. Knowing Frank's track record we'll be lucky if this thing ever gets built.
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Sullivan County, Tennessee
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I wonder where Frank Theaters is going to locate in Kingsport and build--if this happens?

If I had to guess, I'd definitely say Stone Drive out near Lowes--in that area of 11-W.
Strange things sometimes happen. Maybe they will put it here near Phil's Dream Pit where it say Imax (just coincidentally I'm sure). It would be more centrally located to regional under-served movie goers particularly south Kingsport, Gray, and north Johnson City.

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Folks could even shop for a new Beemer while whilst waiting for the show. This is WJHL video interview of Rick Hill about pending move of five dealerships (Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, and Porche) from Stone Drive.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFgB29oDuWU
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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If they put it at the Crossings, it would need to be at least as nice as the new theater at the Pinnacle. Otherwise DOA.
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Looking at their website, looks like they prefer to locate in new urbanist or at least open-air mall developments. Maybe this was the pre-Recession vision for Fort Henry. And, perhaps still some hope that they will locate in the urban core of KPT.
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:18 AM
 
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You're probably right, unfortunately. It seems like this would be too close in proximity to the Pinnacle, though. Maybe the Meadowview area? What I'd ld love to see is along Sullivan St. at the old supermarket row site. Talk about giving a boost to downtown revitalization efforts! I just don't see it happening downtown, though. Knowing Frank's track record we'll be lucky if this thing ever gets built.

Meadowview would be an interesting choice--could be a good option. Personally, I'd like to see it be built closer to downtown though--maybe revitalize the area towards the Ford Dealership that went out of business on Lynn Garden, or the area over near where Roses once was...?

As far as the supermarket row, I believe there is upscale housing planned for that location. They were waiting on "getting financing" last I heard in late summer.

I do hope that project develops--will be a huge boost/investment for downtown Kingsport.
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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Default Ft Henry Mall: Back to Life

I have relocated down here to the tri-cities region--living here now part-time in Kingsport. I've been to the Ft Henry Mall several times and see such potential there in a dying mall--but the renovations of the mall and the new theater opening gives it potential hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

I've visited Johnson City's Mall now twice as well, and it is such a vibrant, energetic, thriving mall. So I was thinking about the differences between both, and what the Ft Henry Mall needs to compete and thrive again.
So, here's the thoughts from my observations:

Location: Ft Henry Mall is sort of off the beaten path for major traffic--not near an Interstate Highway, or major State highway, such as 11W or I-26.

Surrounding area: The area surrounding Ft Henry Mall is not overly built up and super commercial like The Mall at Johnson City. Ft Henry has a lot of residential surrounding it, and feels quieter and very neighborhood-y (which I prefer). It has a late 1970s/early 80s vibe to it, and some vacant stores here and there, but most commercial is in a major facelift and gentrification needed mode.

Anchor Store: Sears recently closed, so the remaining 2 anchor stores are Belk and JCPenny. With the NCG IMAX Theater arriving next month, this will provide a major boost. But there is still the problem of what type of tenant they should attract. My thought is a destination-style store like a big bookstore with a lounge and coffee area, where people can go to hang with free wifi, work, study, and browse. There is Books a Million on Stone Drive, but a competitor in this space could thrive.

Restaurant Parcels: There are many parcels available surrounding the mall and some existing restaurants--2 or 3--that are now vacant off of Memorial and Ft Henry Drive. Ft Henry Mall management should do a food truck thing every weekend, that would increase traffic and make the mall a destination. The Mall at Johnson City does this with incredible results.
Some future out-parcel restaurant options should be destination-style, like Johnny Rockets, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, or even Chuck E Cheese. Also throw in a Dunkin Donuts or Chipotle. These are all missing from Kingsport's dining scene.

All-in-all, the mall's renovations will majorly help, as will the opening of the IMAX theater in July. But, the mall needs a lot of improvements and tenants, if it is to survive beyond 2020 or so....I think it was a huge plus with the rebranding BACK to "Fort Henry Mall" from "Kingsport Town Center"--that name change was a big mis-step, but glad it's back to the original....
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:13 AM
 
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Default Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, Tennessee 37664-3603

Could Kingsport Town Center be anchored by a supermarket? Food City #605, 1205 North Eastman Road, Kingsport, Tennessee 37664-3145, is present in the trade area.
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:54 AM
 
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I grew up in the 80's when the mall was thriving and full of life. Hung out there as a teenager on the weekends. It even had a pet store when I was little!


I worked in the mall in the late 90's and it was slowly dying then, even though it had big brand name stores and restaurants. Lane Bryant, Garfields, Maurices, Kirklands, Bookstore, Carlton Cards, Belk and Belk Home, a couple of shoe stores, Chick Fil A, Charlie's Steakery, Subway, theater, Baskin Robbins, Tilt, Merle Norman, JC Penney's, Sears, etc.


The problem in the late 90's was lack of customers vs. rent price for tenants. I remember our regional sales reps (Carlton Cards) fussing and calling about our sales and there was no way to make our goals with no customers in the mall except for the weekends. Rent was too high based on customer volume/sales. For a tiny store it was 1200/month back then. (Mr. Bulky's candy store). Stores started dying out and people started shopping elsewhere. Even back then there was talk of a food court being added to the mall.


Now all of the tenants have moved to the new strip malls or the Pinnacle in Bristol. Just like the old Kingsport Mall, this one will soon be a thing of the past, I'm afraid.
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Old 06-27-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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Could Kingsport Town Center be anchored by a supermarket? Food City #605, 1205 North Eastman Road, Kingsport, Tennessee 37664-3145, is present in the trade area.
The Food City is maybe a quarter mile or so away and is fairly new. Food City has been on that piece of land since I was a kid, but the old buildings were demolished to make way for the new store, and the yogurt place, Wrap-It Mail, and the other small businesses were put into the new buildings surrounding that Food City.

I forget how long the new buildings have been there - ten years, maybe a little more? I don't see Food City uprooting to go down the street.
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