Plans in the works for vacant spaces

Chris Barnes of Barnes Commercial Real Estate manages leases on properties at Farragut Town Center, which had two vacant spaces, both recent, one facing Kingston Pike and one behind the building as of July 22. Since then, he said he had a potential tenant for the one facing Kingston Pike. He said the commercial real estate business is booming in Farragut and people should not get discouraged by unused spaces such as the former Kroger site. While many businesses thrive in Farragut, some unused commercial spaces stand throughout the Town as well.

“We’d like to see them occupied. It would be a good thing for the Town and just in general,” Mark Shipley, Farragut community development director, said.

Vacated spaces in commercial buildings vary in size and availability.

One currently vacated space is the former Weigel’s building at 12640 Kingston Pike. Southeast Bankcorp has owned the property since March 13, 2014. Knoxville Utilities Board Geographic Infor-mation System’s owner card states the property is about 29,750 square feet. A representative at Weigel’s main office said it closed in 2013.

John Arnold, executive chairman of Southeast Bankcorp Inc., said the company has not tried to lease or sell the property. He said at one time it was looking to develop there, but backed away due to possible developments across Kingston Pike.
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• Samantha K, Trewhitt has joined CBBC Bank as assistant vice president and Knoxville market executive. Trewhitt has more than 26 years of banking experience, having most recently worked as branch manager for UT Federal Credit Union. At CBBC Bank, she will specialize in lending with a focus on commercial loans, home equity and vacant land loans. She is a member of Rotary Club of Farragut, attends Fellowship Church and participates in community activities for high school and neighborhood swim teams.

• Neurologist Roberto Fernandez, M.D., MPH, PhD, has joined

The University of Tennessee

Medical Center as medical director of the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic, which is set to open at the end of the year. The establishment the clinic is to increase research, clinical trials, treatment and other elements relative to Alzheimer’s disease-related services.
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