Chattanooga-area business openings and closings in March 2024

Staff photo by Jennifer McNally / Restaurant leaders, from left, Jim Richards, Brion Voges, Rodney Hutson, Sam Stanovich and Bruce Bowman are seen in front of a new Big Chicken restaurant in Hixson.
Staff photo by Jennifer McNally / Restaurant leaders, from left, Jim Richards, Brion Voges, Rodney Hutson, Sam Stanovich and Bruce Bowman are seen in front of a new Big Chicken restaurant in Hixson.


Here's a look at the business trends for March in the Chattanooga area.

What opened

One of the biggest convenience stores in Chattanooga, S&M Convenience, opened near the intersection of Jenkins and Shallowford roads. The new store offers food, drinks, dog food and hardware and automotive items. The convenience store owners also expect to secure their beer permit from the Chattanooga Beer Board.

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal brought his home-cooked childhood favorite dishes to Chattanooga with the opening of a new Big Chicken restaurant in Hixson.

What closed

The Spot, a popular Chattanooga-area coffee and sandwich shop, closed its doors in late March after seven years of operation.

The Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute, which has offered training and networking seminars for Chattanooga women since 1996, announced plans to close its operations this spring.

What's expanding

The Chattanooga Airport unveiled a multimillion-dollar expansion in early March, which includes new boarding areas, a restaurant, a gift shop and a business center added at Lovell Field.

Marthie Ann's, a diner that opened 15 months ago in Cleveland, is adding a second location in Ooltewah this spring.

The newest branch for Regions Bank opened in the Northtowne Center shopping center at Highway 153 and Northpointe Boulevard.

Announced developments

The state's transportation agency has awarded a $3 million contract for the landscaping of U.S. Highway 27, located between Sixth Street and Riverfront Parkway.

Work began in late March on a new memory care center in Ooltewah. The 45,000-square-foot center will be located adjacent to the existing 73-apartment Morning Pointe of East Hamilton location for seniors.

Hamilton County commissioners approved a 447-unit senior living community in Ooltewah. The new community will be age-restricted, and 80% of the homes must house one adult age 55 and up.

New apartments and townhouses are planned in the South Broad District as part of a more than $100 million project.

Urban Story Ventures began construction on a $28 million manufacturing facility at Centre South Riverport.

— Compiled by Kiara Green

  photo  Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The Chattanooga Airport's $28 million airport terminal expansion featured two new gates as well as a new seating area, seen March 1, between the existing and new concourses.
 
 


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