Developers want your thoughts on Kingsport Pavilion expansion

Matthew Lane • Jul 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM

KINGSPORT — The owners of the Kingsport Pavilion are looking to expand the 394,000-square-foot shopping center, and they want to hear your recommendations on what should be built on the 24-acre addition.

Signs have gone up along Highway 11-W on property east of the retail complex. The signs announce that Phase II of the project is “coming soon” and provide contact information for the owners: Foresite Commercial Real Estate of San Antonio, Texas.

The Kingsport Pavilion opened in 2007 with the city’s first Target, Kohl’s, Books-a-Million, Best Buy, Michael’s and more specialty retailers and restaurants. Over the years, a few businesses have come and gone, but by and large the shopping center remains mostly full with only a few empty suites and an undeveloped, 30,000-square-foot pad adjacent to the Dollar Tree.

A Phase II for the development has long been on the books. According to a conceptual site plan for the eastern expansion, the property could accommodate 34,000 square feet of shops, include three outparcels, a 26,000-square-foot grocer and a 47,000-square-foot theater.

However, the plan is merely conceptual and illustrates what could potentially go on the property.

“We believe the ideal tenants for Phase II of Kingsport Pavilion will be entertainment- and dining-related concepts which will benefit greatly from the success of the retailers in Phase I,” said Bethany Babcock, a principal and co-owner of Foresite Commercial Real Estate. “Our pre-leasing team is actively approaching these businesses on behalf of the development.”

Since development discussions are preliminary, Kingsport does not have a role to play in the project at this time, said Nathan Woods, a development planner with the city.

“We are in contact with the developer and will walk alongside him as he finalizes plans and secures tenants for the site,” Woods said. “Our hope is that this development would present Kingsport with retail opportunities not previously seen in the region. … Such a development would likely fare well.”

Foresite officials are encouraging Kingsport residents to share their ideas and suggestions for the project on the Kingsport Pavilion Facebook page, which was created to encourage discussion and participation from the community.

Babcock said Foresite would use those suggestions when approaching retailers, showing them how much local demand exists for their services and products.