series of projects are either in the planning stages or
under construction in Lenoir City, as the Highway 321
corridor, including Town Creek and the Creekwood area,
continues to expand.
Construction on the new Ingles Superstore and gas station is
nearing completion, and Lenoir City planner Beth Collins
said a grand opening has been tentatively set for June 16.
Ingles Chief Financial Officer Ron Freeman
said the project remains on schedule and
hopes are to have it completed by summer.
“There can always be some last minute things that can
cause delays such as equipment installation, final
inspections, etc.,” Freeman said in an email
Once the building is completed, Ingles representatives
were considering “a few possibilities” on the current
building but a decision has not been made, Freeman said.
“We’ve had some discussions back and forth of doing
remodeling on the building for a tenant or doing a tear
down and a rebuild for a tenant,” Collins said. “I’ve
not heard if they have a prospective tenant or not.”
A new Ingles is “very exciting,” Collins said.
“This project started years and years ago with Ingles
discussing ... building a new store, and, of course,
when the recession hit they kind of put things on hold
and re-looked at their business model and kind of
tweaked their design some,” Collins said. “So for us to
finally be near completion of this years-long process,
it’s very exciting, I think, and it’s going to be a
beautiful store. With the gas station there, people that
shop at Ingles can get their gas points and save a
little more on gas. I think it’ll really be a good asset
for the city.”
Lenoir City Regional Planning Commission approved
Tuesday a site plan for SouthEast Bank, which is
projected to be beside Tennessee Farm Bureau Insurance
on Town Creek Parkway.
Collins said the next step will be to submit building
“Sometimes if the developer is anticipating this is
going to go through fairly quickly, sometimes they
already have these plans ready to go or fairly ready to
go,” Collins said. “The engineer may be finishing
something up and can turn those in.”
Construction is underway on a 48,000-square-foot,
two-story University of Tennessee Medical Center
regional health center off Creekwood Boulevard beside
Pediatric Choice Clinic.
Steven Ross, senior vice president for strategic
development at UT Medical Center, said the plan is to
have the building open in December. Included in the
facility will be eight primary care physicians, rotating
specialist clinics, an oncology service area and
“There will also be a medical education room there to
have community education programs that are
health-related,” Ross said. “We’re working on some other
services that are not quite worked out yet. One of the
things we’re going to have (is) rehab services, physical
therapy, that type of thing.”
Ross said the decision to bring a regional center to
Loudon County came after UT Medical Center officials
laid out a five-year strategic plan and identified four
locations for development that were about a 20-minute
drive from all patients served in the region.
“We prioritize those four centers based on the greatest
demand, and so the first was built in Sevierville
serving that area of the region, and that opened 18
months ago,” Ross said. “Now Loudon County was the next
one for us to develop this for on priority list, so we
began that work and are executing that part of the plan
with this building.”
On Monday, city officials gave the OK for discount
grocer Aldi to pull a building permit for the a
18,000-square-foot facility to be located at the former
United Community Bank building at the corner of U.S.
Highway 321 and Highland Park Drive.
Collins said Aldi officials had not given a timeframe
for demolition of the old building.
“I mean they’re good to go on demolition — any day they
want to demo, they’re good,” Collins said. “I think they
were just waiting to get the OK for the building permit
so that they can mobilize. Kind of once they get going
they don’t have to stop.”
A site plan for the grocery store was approved in
Moe’s coming soon
Moe’s Southwest Grill is expected to be located at the
former We’re Cooking All American Grill at The Center at
Kelsey Lane five-unit strip mall across from Walmart.
Collins said a building permit has been issued and a
turnaround should be “fairly quick.” The restaurant
could be open in about two months.
“They’ll have to tear out what’s existing in there that
Moe’s does not need and then go back in and retrofit
what Moe’s does need as far as electrical, lights, hood
systems for the restaurants for that sort of thing,”
Collins said. “But those types of spaces, buildouts of
that nature, the turnaround is very quick so I don’t
anticipate that taking very long.”