The West Hills neighborhood of Knoxville is the location of West Town Mall, which is found right off the West Hills exit of Interstate 40. Thus, to a large degree, the West Hills area feels like an extension of the mall itself.
Like the shopping in Cedar Bluff, West Hills has a suburban sprawl and strip mall quality to it. There are a lot of shopping centers and a lot of chain big box stores. But there are also a lot of hidden treasures and stores that have been in Knoxville for decades.
West Hills stretches from the Gallaher View Road area to the western slope of Bearden Hill. Most of the shopping here is found on Kingston Pike or nearby.
The area in the immediate vicinity of the mall is home to several clothing stores, particularly those that sell formal wear and wedding fashion. Other nearby stores include Borders, PetSmart, Barnes & Noble and Toys R Us. Generally speaking, the area around the mall has newer stores and a cleaner, more upscale look.
The area east of the mall has several shopping centers. Among them are West Hills Crossing and The Gallery. The Gallery in particular is filled with specialty shops. You’ll find fashion boutiques, home furnishings, maternity clothing, golf equipment, salons and similar fare here. Planet Xchange, perhaps Knoxville’s most popular vintage clothing store, is housed in The Gallery.
Other local shopping favorites are also found in the West Hills region. Bob’s Package Store is here, a locally owned store selling wine, spirits and specialty beer that’s been open since 1972. Markman’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry’s flagship location is also in West Hills. The family-run business has been operating since 1976 and is a favorite stop for husbands to be.
West Hills has a lot to offer. Thrifty shoppers will appreciate the presence of Sam’s Club. But you’d have a difficult time not finding what you’re looking for in West Hills, whether it be used CDs and DVDs, a guitar and some guitar lessons, a new kitten or puppy, or even a boat.
© 2008, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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