December 14, 2004 - Mayor Bill Haslam announced
today the introduction of Knoxville-branded merchandise to retail outlets
in Knoxville's McGhee Tyson
The merchandise fills a gap in the retail mix at the airport where previously
few souvenir or gift options were available that specifically represented
visitor who returns home with gifts bearing the City's name is a great
advertising for Knoxville," said Mayor Haslam. "People have a great
sense of pride in our City, and this merchandise gives us a way to export
that pride throughout the world."
Merchandise continues to be available at One Vision Plaza, the visitors center located downtown, as well as the airport. The line of Knoxville-branded merchandise is expected to expand next year with more merchandise and more retail outlets.
The Knoxville Tourism
and Sports Corp. contracted with local manufacturer and distributor
Bacon & Co. to
develop the retail line.
Retail outlets in the airport include Heritage Booksellers and Tennessee Marketplace. Both stores are operated by The Paradies Shops, an
Atlanta-based airport concessionaire operating more than 350 stores in 61
airports in the United States and Canada.
The sun-mountain-river logo was developed by KTSC to use in national
and regional marketing of the City, and now is being used in several
mediums by both the City of Knoxville and Knox County.
Mayor Haslam was joined at Tuesday's news conference by Knox County
Mayor Mike Ragsdale and officials with KTSC and the Knoxville Metropolitan
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