More options coming soon to Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- - Shoppers in Kingsport can expect more options soon at the Fort Henry Mall.

Shoppers like Diane Taylor said the Fort Henry Mall has struggled for a long time with business. 

"It's not much anymore. There are no stores hardly in it," Diane said. "It really needs to be build up a lot, for a good place to go shopping."

According to Coles Doyle, marketing director of Hull Property Group, the old Sears building is currently being demolished to make way for potential new tenants.

"Most potential new tenants will want a new store in their respective  'latest and greatest' prototypical configuration. Retail is always changing which includes the prototypical configuration of most national tenants," Doyle said in an email. "The sacrificial demolition of the facility formerly occupied by Sears will first result in an immediate 'retail offering' of some of the best retail or grocer land in the entire Kingsport area, and second, coupled with the other upgrades and renovation underway or recently completed at the Fort Henry Mall,  will enhance or accelerate the positive change to the perception that the Fort Henry Mall is succeeding."

As that facility is being demolished, Doyle said two new food tenants are getting ready to open, Sweet Spoons frozen yogurt and Charley's Philly Steaks.

Ed Fuqua, the owner of Charley's Philly Steaks, said he's working on the final details and plans to open in a few weeks.

"The Fort Henry Mall has also been very supportive, very encouraging," Fuqua said. "They've done a lot to try to bring small businesses back to this mall."

For shoppers like Tina Taylor, she said when it comes to shopping, she usually goes to the Johnson City Mall.

"There's really nothing here for teenagers, and I have a teenager," Tina said. "So that's where I take her because she's got more interest in what they have up there because they don't have any of that stuff. But I mean it's good that they are bringing change, I just wish they would bring a different variety into the store."

However, Tina said with new options at the Fort Henry Mall, it could change where she spends her time shopping.

"If my kids like it yeah, it could change," Tina said. "We would probably come here more often if they get more things in here."

Doyle said the old Sears building should be demolished before the holiday season begins.

As for Charley's Philly Steaks, Fuqua said he plans to start serving sandwiches by the first week of October.


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