By MARINA WATERS
The owners of Mountain View Country Market in Chuckey plan to bring a slice of their country shop a little closer to Jonesborough with an additional store.
The upcoming market, Troyer at Mountain View Country Market, will be located on 11E in Limestone. The location was a vital part of an expansion plan that store owner Tim Troyer said he and his family had been considering for some time.
“We’ve been working for a while to try to expand down here or up there for a couple years” Troyer said. “Our markets, we like them in kind of a country setting. The lay of the property was great and we wanted to move closer towards the Jonesborough and Johnson City area. We liked the property and I think it’s a great location on 11E there. We’re excited.”
Troyer said they are planning to begin construction in February. He also said that if the project is completed on schedule, an opening date in spring or early summer of 2018 is anticipated.
The new shop will mirror the original Mountain View store in Chuckey, which offers bulk foods, fresh deli meats and cheeses and housewares. However, the new location will also offer a coffee and custard shop.
“Those (shops) will be our biggest changes,” Troyer said. “We’ll have a bakery also. We’ll basically have what we have here, but we’ll be expanding in our product lines; housewares, kitchenwares.”
Troyer said the location on 11E, which sits next to Mountain View Restaurant, was formerly a grocery. For Troyer and his wife Rachel, who have owned the country market for eight years, the idea of keeping a similar business at the site only adds to the location.
“It actually has a history; it used to be a grocer in the 40s and 50s. It belonged to the Clark family,” Troyer said. “They were kind of excited too because it had roots of being a grocery store and we’re going to take it back to being that yet again. We’re excited about it being a grocer and selling those kind of items.”
The Troyers plan to start a Facebook page to allow the public to follow the project to opening day and thereafter. For more information on the Mountain View Country Market visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/mountainviewcountrymarket or call (423) 257-5739.