City Manager Report
Kingsport Town Center
October Sales/December Events
• Mountain States community store due to open December 3.
• October sales +10.44% due to 8 stores having double digit increases for the month. YTD Kingsport Town Center is up 6.95% in sales.
• Kingsport Town Center continues to have 15 stores on pace for their BEST YEAR OF SALES since locating in the mall.
• Children's Place continues to exceed their internal expectations for sales performance.
• Rue21 continues to exceed their corporate expectations for sales performance.
• Black Friday exceeded expectations and also served to change shopping patterns for the day and for subsequent years.
• Lenscrafters has renewed their lease.
• American Eagle has renewed their lease.
Santa’s Arrival with two live reindeer Dasher and Dancer was a big hit on Black Friday! Our shoppers were totally wowed by the sight of Santa entering with Dancer. After all, how many people have seen real live reindeer?
As an added note, the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk held on Saturday, November 19th at Kingsport Town Center raised over $45,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Not bad for a first time event. Here’s how we measured up to other larger cities in the Southeast walking for St. Jude on the same day.
Biloxi - $12,770
Birmingham - $16,950
Chattanooga - $13,413.70
Florence - $9,640.74
Huntsville - $29,346
Knoxville - $18,615.20
Memphis - $96,280.77
Mobile - $26,961.38
Nashville - $28,533.74
Tri Cities - $45,782.14
Salvation Army Angel Tree and Elderberry Tree - /12/11 - 12/11/11
Visit and Get Your PIC with Santa Claus! – 12/1/11 - 12/24/11
Pet PICS with Santa Claus! - 12/1/11 - 12/24/11
Lincoln Elementary and Johnson Elementary Art Exhibit - 12/1/11 - 12/31/11
Ribbon Cutting for Mountain States Health Resources Center - 12/1/11
Holiday Book Fair featuring the Lost State Writer's Guild - 12/2/11 - 12/3/11
Mountain States Health Resource Center Grand Opening Event - 12/3/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar – ‘Tis the Season-Conquering Holiday Challenges with Diabetes - 12/5/11
Indian Springs Baptist Church Celebration Ringers In Performance - 12/5/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar - Pets: Good for Your Health? - 12/6/11
Holiday Sports Cards & Memorabilia Show - 12/7/11 - 12/11/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar: Women's Health Imaging Update - 12/7/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: Incredible, Edible Gifts - 12/8/11
Mountain States Health Alliance HeartCoach Heart & Vascular Disease/Stroke Risk Screenings - 12/10/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: CPR-Heathcare Provider - 12/10/11
Tim Hicks Students Holiday Guitar Recital - 12/10/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar: Aim for a Healthy Weight - 12/10/11
Holiday Violin Concert presented by Kingsport School of Music, Violin & Fiddle Instruction -
MSHA Health Resource Center Coronary Risk Panel Screening - 12/13/11
Tri-Cities Talent In Performance - 12/13/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Seminar: Up In Smoke - 12/14/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: Diabetes Self Management - 12/15/11
John Adams Elementary Headliner's Chorus In Performance - 12/16/11
Breakfast with the Grinch at Garfield's Restaurant & Pub - 12/17/11
MSHA Health Resource Center Class: Kisado - High Intensity Interval Training - 12/17/11
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver's Holiday Concert - 12/17/11
Roosevelt Elementary School Holiday Concert - 12/20/11
WCQR's Noon Year's Eve Party! - 12/31/11
www.MoveToKingsport.com is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s www.MeadowViewResort.com and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at www.BestPlaces.net). The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.