Its official name may be The Shops at Western Plaza, but most of us just know it as Western Plaza. It was built in 1957 - the first shopping center outside of the downtown area - and early on housed a Woolworth and an A&P Supermarket and even had a bowling alley on the lower level. Although the site is now only the beginning of miles of Kingston Pike commercial development, it’s still the local shopping center for our Sequoyah Hills-Kingston Pike neighborhood.
The shopping center went through its first renaissance in the 1980s, when it was expanded to include newly developed stores. As you may have noticed, it’s now about to experience its second makeover. The Biltmore Property Group – well respected for its properties in Asheville – purchased the 14-acre property in 2013 and expects to be working on its redevelopment for some time. It will take a while for the details to emerge, so this is only the first in a series of articles about what is happening at Western Plaza.
The Biltmore Property Group’s first project is focusing on the eastern-most building on the property, which is presently getting a bit of a new front. It will continue to house a nail salon, a barbershop, and Jos. A Banks Clothiers.
However, the restaurant on the end with the lovely patio will be taken over by Moe’s Original Bar B Que. Morgan Bromley, General Manager of the Knoxville office for Biltmore Property Group is excited to welcome this highly rated restaurant to the Knoxville Market. “Not only does Moe’s do a fantastic job with their Bar B Que pork, other menu items such as the “Shrimp Mo Boy” will certainly please the taste buds of any one who visits the restaurant. Add to the fact that the franchisee – Michael Harb – is a Knoxville native, we feel this makes a winning combination.” The family-friendly eatery will be open daily serving a distinctive menu of freshly smoked in-house meats along with made-from-scratch Southern side dishes and desserts. It will offer an outdoor patio, full bar and high-definition televisions, plus large-party takeout orders and full-service catering with delivery. The restaurant is on target for an opening date of early 2016.