Dunkin’ opens in East Knox

Sandra ClarkEast Knox, Our Town Neighbors

Fountain City guy Tyler Pavlis has been back in Knoxville for a couple of years now after a business sojourn as co-founder and managing director of Everplay Sport & Social Club, a business based in Columbia, South Carolina.

Pavlis is human resources partner for the Bluemont Group, the Dunkin’ franchise holder for Knoxville to most of Tennessee, Eastern Alabama, North Georgia, South Carolina and Kansas City, Kansas. Bluemont has 70 locations and 1,300 employees, according to an ad posted to hire a controller.

Tyler Pavlis

So, Pavlis is excited about Bluemont opening the area’s newest Dunkin’ on Asheville Highway in East Knoxville.

Pavlis is co-owner, with Arisa Pavlis, of MiMa’s food truck  which specializes in Thai and Asian foods. The business is expanding into catering. Reach them via email here.

Nick Della Volpe wrote about the Dunkin’ development in a wrap-up on April 26, 2020.

“When Smoky Mountain Guns and Ammo started building out space in a former Food Lion building on Asheville Highway, it was only a matter of time before other businesses would take notice of the opportunity there. It’s an underserved area ripe for business development,” he wrote.

“RTC Construction is building a Dunkin’ Donuts on the nearby vacant corner lot, just opposite the intersection with John Sevier Hwy along Asheville Hwy. The familiar coffee and baked goodies shop is projected to open in late July.”

Della Volpe, ever the promoter, said, “Nearly 40,000 cars a day use this road. And several bedroom communities are located close by. A steady flow of commuters daily head to the entrance of heavily-traveled I-40 to reach their workplace or shopping destination, and they commute home.

“The intersection currently hosts fuel, fast-food shops and auto supply stores. Who will be next? Hint: If you build it, we will come.”

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