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Turkey Creek Public Market closes
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Turkey Creek Public Market closes

Just 11 months into its opening, the Turkey Creek Public Market closed its doors to the public Sunday.

"It's been very profitable for us. We've also learned (a lot)," said Retta Gregg, who owns and works for local dried foods company Tennessee Tastes. It is just one of the hundreds of vendors at the West Knox County venue.

More than 450 vendors took advantage of the marketplace, following a two-year, $8 million renovation. The site was the former Outlet Mall.

"There's a lot of sadness around here, and they're not going to be together every week like they used to," said Virginia Adams, spokesperson for the Public Market.

As far as why this one year-old business is closing its doors remains unclear Sunday. Vendors were notified about the news just one week ago.

"The week of our notice, 3 days prior, we spent several thousand dollars buying more inventory. Had we known this was to happen and not known where we're going to go, we would've held that purchase off," said Bill Witten with Vig Sunglasses, another vendor at the market.

As the doors close, workers, like little Hannah Gregg, hope a new one opens soon.

"I tell my mom we can (sell Tennessee Taste items) on the street," Hannah said. "She wants a 'lemonade stand' for soups... I don't know about that," her mom quickly added.

Several vendors are in talks of starting their own public market somewhere else in Knoxville in the future. So far, no plans have been announced.

There is also no word on the future of the Turkey Creek Public Market's 162,000 square foot building.

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