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  • Final Check-Out Published 9/10/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    After roughly 10 months on the job I am giving up pursuit of the truth about Knoxville in its supermarket aisles. Though I believe the truth is still to be found in these stores—in produce perhaps, or inadvertently buried in ...

  • Guysville Published 8/20/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    Grocery Check-Out by John Yates: The Citgo Bi-Lo at the corner of Governor John Sevier Highway and Martin Mill Pike looks like it’s either a gas station becoming a grocery store or a grocery store becoming a gas station.

  • Stretched Published 8/6/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-Out by John Yates: Super Dollar Discount Foods, one of the latest approaches to discount retailing by a major grocery chain in Knoxville, sacrifices atmosphere and selection to lower prices. Owned by K-VA-T Food Stores, the parent company of ...

  • Upward Yearning Published 7/23/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-Out by John Yates: It must take at least three geese to make up a gaggle, but what constitutes an embarrassment of riches? Everybody in America is created equal, but that still doesn’t keep us from gushing over the ...

  • Foreign Outpost Published 7/9/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-Out by John Yates: Hispanics have been coming to the mountains since the days of DeSoto, and East Tennesseans like Sam Houston and Davy Crockett were among the 19th-century Anglo-Americans who reached out to Hispanics on their own turf ...

  • Fresh Harvest Published 6/25/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-Out by John Yates: Driving north on Broadway on a June afternoon, through the green heart of our city, I turn on Washington Pike and head east. With thunder rumbling in the distance and intermittent spatters of rain on ...

  • Co-Op Collaboration Published 6/11/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-Out by John Yates: I have seen the future, and not only does it work, it’s the past. Three Rivers Market has been around for 27 years, and the basic formula hasn’t changed since I last visited the store ...

  • Beautiful Illusion Published 5/28/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-out by John Yates It’s the Wile E. Coyote Kroger. Approaching from the south you see it suspended above the intersection of Pellissippi Parkway and Northshore Drive, hanging in the air supported by—well, by not much of anything these ...

  • Chapman Eden Published 5/14/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-Out:This is for those people in Ohio. You know who you are. You’re sitting up there right now, making your vacation plans, calculating price of gas versus fuel efficiency versus distance from Cuyahoga Falls or Chillicothe or Ashtabula, and ...

  • City Lights Published 4/30/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Grocery Check-Out: Food City is the hermit crab of Knoxville supermarkets, and its adaptability to neighborhoods across the city may have something to do with its success. The regional chain now has nearly 40 stores listed in the Knoxville phone ...

  • Fort IGA Updated 4/23/2008 at 3:48 p.m. 13 comments

    Grocery Check-Out: The store is at 307 18th Street—307½ is a stairway leading to the building’s upper story, possibly a rental. In the yard next door is a pit bull that’s the spitting image of Petey the Pup from Spanky ...

  • Land of Plenty Published 3/20/2008 at 11:43 p.m. 0 comments

    Other towns have tracks to be on the wrong or right side of; Knoxville has ridges. To be sure, it makes driving north to south more complicated than crossing a railroad track. However, it also creates and incubates pools of ...

  • check_out (2008-11) Published 3/13/2008 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

  • Consumer Bullseye Published 3/6/2008 at 11:06 p.m. 0 comments

    From the outside, the SuperTarget at Turkey Creek looks enormous. Inside, it looks even bigger. The grand mall on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek lines up the superstores like the pyramids at Giza—Wal-Mart, Office Max, Old Navy, Goody’s, and then, ...

  • check_out (2008-10) Published 3/6/2008 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments