City preparing to recruit new retail

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen appears set to hire a consulting agency to help it recruit new retail interests.

With Tanger Outlets, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and other sites, commercial development has been a strength for Sevierville for decades.

But since the recession, the city has gotten interest from some large retailers but few new stores. A set of store fronts alongside the Bass Pro shop remain unused, and the Universe, LLC development once slated for the area alongside the Sevierville Convention Center never happened.

The planned Dumplin Creek project along the interstate appears headed for new owners, and the city has committed to building a new road to serve the property, but it still isn’t clear when or if new stores might open there.

At its regular meeting Monday, the board will consider an agreement with The Buxton Company, a Texas-based group, to develop a retail development and recruitment strategy for Sevierville.

The agreement calls for the group to review financial and demographic data on Sevierville and come up with information that will help city officials focus on retailers that benefit the area or would see the most profit in joining the market here.

The board meets at the Civic Center at 6 p.m.

Other items on the agenda include:

 Final reading of an ordinance to rezone property on Buena Drive from low density residential to arterial commercial district

First reading of an ordinance to rezone property on Henderson Avenue from high density residential to intermediate commercial district

Purchase of three zero radius mowers

 Payment of $437,248.60 to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the relocation of water lines during the Highway 66 widening project

 Purchase of pumper truck for the water department

jfarrell@themountainpress.com