Knoxville shopping: Cedar Bluff

Like most of West Knoxville, the Cedar Bluff area is known for its shopping. It’s nowhere near as charming as the shopping in Bearden, nor as much an extension of West Town Mall as West Hills. Nonetheless, Cedar Bluff has more than enough strip malls and freestanding shops to bleed you dry.

Cedar Bluff is located west of West Hills and east of Farragut, and is serviced by Kingston Pike, Middlebrook Pike and the conjoined Interstates 40 and 75.

In many ways the area feels sprawlish and overrun with traffic. There are billboards and store signs jammed into the landscape.

The strip malls and big box stores here seem endless. Most of them can be found lining either side of Kingston Pike. There’s Windsor Square, home of Carmike Movies 7, better known as Knoxville’s “dollar theater” (and by “dollar,” we’re talking less than five of them, which is admittedly still cheap). There’s the North Peters Road area off Kingston Pike, which has staples like Staples, Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods. But there are also smaller specialty shops that sell sewing machines, fabric and computers.

Other shopping plazas include Kingston Overlook, Market Place and Cedar Springs. Again, there are lots of chains, but you’ll also find some interesting specialty shops selling everything from bicycles to pottery.

If you’re looking for unique shopping in the Cedar Bluff area, your best bet is the Franklin Square shopping center. Located further west off of Kingston Pike, this area feels more quaint and upscale. There’s a brick exterior and a small brick tower that resembles a turret with a giant clock on it. You’d half expect to see horse-drawn carriages sloshing through snow outside and ladies wearing bonnets. You may also be slightly disappointed to not find cobblestones in the parking lot. There are lots of specialty stores at Franklin Square selling formal wear, toys, books, jewelry and boutique-style clothing.

Cedar Bluff also has a considerable number of car dealerships, both new and used. Those hunting a new ride would do well to hunt it in this neighborhood. Furniture stores are also prevalent, which means you can buy a new truck, sofa and dresser and have a way to get it all home at the end of your Saturday afternoon.

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