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Leon Williams Contractors Constructing New Retail Space on Merchant Drive

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Graham Corporation has hired Maryville-based Leon Williams Contractors to build new retail space that will house Dunkin’ Donuts franchise


MARYVILLE, Tenn. – November 30, 2016 – Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, has recently started development of a new 4,800 square foot retail space on Merchant Drive in Knoxville.

Plans are already in the works for a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, owned by franchisee Bluemont Group LLC, to use 2,000 square feet of the location.

“This will be the 24th traditional Dunkin’ Donuts location we’ve opened so far,” said Dave Baumgartner, president of Bluemont Group LLC. “This is our second location in the North Knoxville area and we are excited to be expanding into this part of town and making the sweet nectar of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee more accessible to the North Knoxville community.

“While the Dunkin’ brand is already well known for Donuts, we also hope to make America’s Favorite Coffee the convenient, go-to morning coffee stop for anyone in, or commuting through North Knoxville.”

The remaining 2,800 square feet of the space is available as additional retail space.

“The Merchant Drive area is a place we’ve been working to develop for a while now,” said Rob Graham, development manager for Graham Corporation. “We worked with Leon Williams Contractors a few years back on The Grande Event Center, and we’re happy to be working with them again. They’re very receptive and really understand what we want and how to maximize every dollar we spend by using it in a way that’s beneficial.”

This is the first new building being constructed on the property, and there’s a possibility of constructing another similar sized retail space or freestanding building pad in the future.

The building shell is almost complete and we expect to wrap up the remaining site work in the next couple weeks.” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “We are excited to complete this center so that tenants, like Dunkin’ Donuts, can come in and customize the interior for their brand. Right now our main goal is to complete this job on time and on budget.”

Completion of the space is scheduled for mid-December 2016.

Those interested in the remaining 2,800 square feet of retail space should contact Rob Graham at 865-693-7000.

About Bluemont Group LLC

Based in Knoxville, TN, Bluemont Group LLC is a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise holder, operating in the Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga markets, and expanding into northwest Atlanta and northeast Alabama. The group was founded in 2008, opened their first location in 2009 and currently operates 23 traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants as well as locations inside Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus. The Bluemont Group currently employs more than 450 team members and their primary stated value is to ensure that people are better off because they have been, or are here. For additional information, a list of Bluemont Group operated Dunkin’ Donuts locations and more information on joining our team, please visit

About Graham Corporation

Graham Corporation opened in 1989 in Knoxville to develop quality retail shopping centers in the Knoxville region. Its corporate slogan, Developing Solutions – Building Success, reflects not only Graham Corporation’s success in development but also its creative renovation and reuse of vacant retail properties. Graham Corporation’s tenant relationships include Lowe’s Home Centers, Kroger, Walgreen, Target, Food City, Wal-Mart, CVS, Home Depot, Food Lion, Belk Stores, Cracker Barrel, Cheddars, O’Charley’s, Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A, Baptist Health Systems and others. Graham considers it a responsibility to bring quality development to East Tennessee and to deliver an extra level of service to tenants in its developments. For more information, visit or call 865-693-7000.

About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. With more than 40 years as a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit or call 865-982-1734.


Heather Ripley
Ripley PR

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