Knoxville entrepreneur John Haas--whose other local ventures include the popular 17th street video game bar, the Fort Sanders Yacht Club--will finally fulfill the wishes of downtown residents by opening a grocery store in the Old City.
The store, tentatively named Aisle Nine, will be located 116 S. Central, the former location of Magpies Bakery. According to Zachary Widgren, a friend of Haas, the shop will offer a wide variety of goods, ranging from high-quality organic brands to more affordable generic items. In order to satisfy Old City bar patrons, Aisle Nine plans on operating during the late hours of the evening, he says.
Haas also plans on operating a full-service sandwich shop inside the store and will be obtaining a beer license so that, "customers can have a beer while they eat or while they shop," says Widgren.
Widgren will also be taking part in an art show on April 9 to celebrate the opening of the shop, along with other local artists Charlie Finch and Cole Murphy. Currently, the shop plans on opening its doors the second week of April, Widgren says.
Messages left with Haas are still unreturned, but we hope to have more information soon.
UPDATE: Carly Harrington of the News Sentinel gets more details straight from Haas and partner Rock Hurst. (But alas, no credit to Carey for having the item first. Whatever happened to blogger/reporter etiquette?)