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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Work is underway on what will become the fourth Weigel’s convenience store in the Tri-Cities, this one at 2810 E. Stone Drive. The family owned chain’s owner expects the store to open late this year.

Weigel’s had a final building permit approved on March 27 showing a 6,383-square-foot building on a 2-acre lot purchased by LKM Properties of Powell, Tennessee for $1,000,000 in March 2018. Weigel’s is headquartered in Powell.

Weigel’s opened its first Tri-Cities store on Kingsport’s West Stone Drive in 2019. Since then, the chain has opened stores in West Bristol and, most recently, Jonesborough.

“We’ve had this for awhile and we were just waiting until this built out,” Weigel’s owner Bill Weigel told News Channel 11. “We’ve been very successful on the other (Kingsport) one and think this one will be equally successful.”

Weigel said he anticipates additional growth in the Tri-Cities market, including one more store in Kingsport at some point.

“We’re hunting all the way up through Johnson City, Bristol, we’re seeking stores every day up there,” he said, adding that the company hopes to grow to at least around 100 stores for size and efficiency purposes.

Weigel’s is known for its pizza and its milk and also serves both breakfast and lunch foods. Weigel’s father converted the family truck farm to a dairying operation in 1931 and that business continues to this day, supplying the chain with milk.

Wiegel’s rotates a flavored milk (currently Cookies and Cream) every three months.

WHAT: A site permit for a new 6,383-square-foot Weigel’s convenience store.

WHERE: 2810 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport, across New Beeson Well Road from Walgreens.

WHO: Weigel’s convenience store chain.

WHEN: Work is underway. The store is expected to open in slightly less than eight months.

YOUR TAX BENEFIT: Based on the estimated assessed value of $3 million, the project would generate about $53,000 combined in Sullivan County and Kingsport property taxes, in addition to significant local option sales tax revenue.